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From Middle English armo(u)r / armure, borrowed from Anglo-Norman armure, from Old French armeüre, from Latin armātūra.



armour (countable and uncountable, plural armours)

  1. (uncountable) A protective layer over a body, vehicle, or other object intended to deflect or diffuse damaging forces.
  2. (uncountable) A natural form of this kind of protection on an animal's body.
  3. (uncountable) Metal plate, protecting a ship, military vehicle, or aircraft.
  4. (countable) A tank, or other heavy mobile assault vehicle.
  5. (military, uncountable) A military formation consisting primarily of tanks or other armoured fighting vehicles, collectively.
  6. (hydrology, uncountable) The naturally occurring surface of pebbles, rocks or boulders that line the bed of a waterway or beach and provide protection against erosion.


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armour (third-person singular simple present armours, present participle armouring, simple past and past participle armoured)

  1. (transitive) To equip something with armour or a protective coating or hardening.
  2. (transitive) To provide something with an analogous form of protection.


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armour f (oblique plural armours, nominative singular armour, nominative plural armours)

  1. Late Anglo-Norman spelling of armure
    De rochez et chemyses cover ses armours
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