[ UK /ˈɛʃəlˌɒn/ ]
[ US /ˈɛʃəˌɫɑn/ ]
  1. status in a society or organization
    the upper echelon
  2. a body of troops arranged in a line
  3. a diffraction grating consisting of a pile of plates of equal thickness arranged stepwise with a constant offset
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How To Use echelon In A Sentence

  • Nemours showed him at once what use to make of the army under his orders, and having enfiladed his National Guard battalions, and placed his artillery in echelons, he formed his cavalry into hollow squares on the right and left of his line, flinging out a cloud of howitzers to fall back upon the main column. Burlesques
  • I commend Zizek for being one of the great cinephiles among the upper echelon of today's intelligentsia.
  • Its tentacles stretch far into the upper echelons of government. Times, Sunday Times
  • Then, the OPFOR uses an attack force echeloned in depth to maintain the momentum of the attack after the initial penetration. FM 100-61 Chptr 4 Army Group Offensive Operations
  • Its tentacles stretch far into the upper echelons of government. Times, Sunday Times
  • Wellington's successes as a general propelled him into the top echelons of politics and diplomacy. Times, Sunday Times
  • The first, and the more obvious one, is that it has drawn high praise from every echelon of the British literati, winning both the T.S. Eliot Prize and the Whitbread Prize for poetry this year.
  • He had had enough of the shilly-shallying that now dominates the game's upper echelons.
  • His account of his ascent to the upper echelons of the British literary canon is so concise and unembellished, so, well, Swiftian, it could have been delivered by one of his own characters.
  • Most of the others had bourgeois backgrounds, their families frequently positioned among the upper professional echelons.
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