- platoon:  Platoon means etymologically ‘little ball’. It comes from French peloton, a diminutive form of pelote ‘ball’ (source of English pellet). The notion of a ‘small ball’ was extended in French to a ‘little cluster of people or group of soldiers’ – hence the meaning of English platoon.
=> pellet, pelota
- platoon (n.)
- 1630s, from French peloton "platoon, group of people," from Middle French peloton (15c.), literally "little ball," hence, "agglomeration," diminutive of Old French pelote "ball" (see pellet).
- platoon (v.)
- in baseball, "to alternate (a player) with another in the same position," 1967, from platoon (n.), which had been used in team sports since 1941.
- 1. He is being guarded by a platoon of police.
- 2. Platoon sergeants fell their men in on the barrack square.
- 3. The platoon made its way to the pre - arranged rendezvous in the desert.
- 4. The lieutenant was put in charge of an infantry platoon.
- 5. Seeing the platoon leader returning, everybody rushed up to meet him.
- 看见排长回来了, 大家赶忙迎上去.
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