From (1386) Middle English armee, from Old French armee (French armée), from Medieval Latin armāta (“armed force”), a noun taken from the past participle of Latin armāre (“to arm”), itself related to arma (“tools, arms”), from Proto-Indo-European *h₂er- (“to join, fit together”). Displaced native Old English here.
- (UK) IPA(key): /ˈɑː.miː/
- (US) IPA(key): /ˈɑɹ.mi/
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- Rhymes: -ɑː(r)mi
army (plural armies)
- A large, highly organized military force, concerned mainly with ground (rather than air or naval) operations.
- The army was sent in to quell the uprising.
- Used absolutely for that entire branch of the armed forces.
- The army received a bigger share of this year's budget increase than the navy or air force.
- (often capitalized) Within a vast military, a very large tactical contingent (e.g. a number of divisions).
- The Fourth Army suffered such losses that its remainders were merged into the Second Army, also deployed on the Western front.
- The governmental agency in charge of a state's army.
- The army opposed the legislature's involvement.
- (figuratively) A large group of people working toward the same purpose.
- It took an army of accountants to uncover the fraud.
- (figuratively) A large group of social animals working toward the same purpose.
- Our house is being attacked by an army of ants.
- (figuratively) Any multitude.
- On sunny days the beaches draw armies of tourists of all kinds.
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