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English definition of “echelon”


noun [C]     /ˈeʃ.ə.lɒn/ US  /-lɑːn/
a particular level or group of people within an organization such as an army or company : These salary increases will affect only the highest echelons of local government . the upper echelons of society Position and status in groups and organizations specialized military a special arrangement of soldiers , aircraft , or ships The armed forces generally
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