EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR SQUAD
A squad of men were sent at once to guard the vessel that had been left in charge of the mate.
Between the three and us rose out of a hollow the squad of couriers.
At one point they surprised a squad of Germans in charge of a searchlight.
He was put into the squad of Jean Macquart, against whom he had at first an aversion.
Jean burst like a hurricane into the Rue du Bac with the few men of his squad.
You stole the money belonging to the squad; deny it if you dare, you bougre of a belly-god!
A squad of sailors passed on the double to take charge of the buffet.
The officer blew a whistle and a squad of soldiers filed in.
Stan walked out and a squad of four men marched him to an open car.
And in the meantime what are we to do with the squad from down the river?
1640s, "small number of military men detailed for some purpose," from French esquade, from Middle French escadre, from Spanish escuadra or Italian squadra "battalion," literally "square," from Vulgar Latin *exquadra (see square). Until the introduction of automatic weapons, infantry troops tended to fight in a square formation to repel cavalry or superior forces. Sports sense is recorded from 1902.