- ( UK ) IPA: /ˈɑː.miː/, X-SAMPA: /A:mi:/
- ( US ) IPA: /ˈɑɹ.mi/, X-SAMPA: /Ar\mi/
- Rhymes: -ɑː( r )mi
- A large, highly organized military force, concerned mainly with ground ( rather than air or naval ) operations
- used absolutely for that entire branch of the armed forces
- ( often capitalized ) within a vast military, a very large tactical contingent ( e.g. a number of divisions )
- The governmental agency in charge of a state's army .
- ( figuratively ) A large group of people working toward the same purpose .
- ( figuratively ) A large group of social animals working toward the same purpose .
- ( figuratively ) Any multitude
- arm, arms, armed
- armor, armour
- Air Force
- mary, Mary
( 1386 ) Middle English armee, from Old French armee ( French armée ), from Medieval Latin armata ( “armed force” ), a noun taken from the past participle of Latin armare ( “to arm” ), itself related to arma ( “tools, arms” ), from Proto-Indo-European *h₂er- ( “to join, fit together” ) .
army ( plural: armies )
Explanation of army by Wordnet Dictionary
- Army n. [F. armée, fr. L. armata, fem. of armatus, p. p. of armare to arm. Cf. Armada.]
1. A collection or body of men armed for war, esp. one organized in companies, battalions, regiments, brigades, and divisions, under proper officers.
2. A body of persons organized for the advancement of a cause; as, “the Blue Ribbon Army”.
3. A great number; a vast multitude; a host.
An army of good words. Shak.
Standing army, a permanent army of professional soldiers, as distinguished from militia or volunteers.
Definition of army by GCIDE Dictionary