Echelon - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ˈeʃəlɑːn|  American pronunciation of the word echelon
Brit.  |ˈɛʃəlɒn|  British pronunciation of the word echelon

noun

- status in a society or organization

the upper echelon

- a body of troops arranged in a line
- a diffraction grating consisting of a pile of plates of equal thickness arranged stepwise with a constant offset

Examples

the lower echelons of the bureaucracy

We heard stories of corruption in the upper echelons of the firm.

Their clients are drawn from the highest echelons of society.

Word forms

noun
singular: echelon
plural: echelons
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