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Meaning of army by Wiktionary Dictionary



    ( 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” ) .


    • ( UK ) IPA: /ˈɑː.miː/, X-SAMPA: /A:mi:/
    • ( US ) IPA: /ˈɑɹ.mi/, X-SAMPA: /Ar\mi/
    • Rhymes: -ɑː( r )mi


    army ( plural: armies )

    1. 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 .
      1. 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 .
      2. ( 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 .
    2. The governmental agency in charge of a state's army .
      The army opposed the legislature's involvement .
    3. ( figuratively ) A large group of people working toward the same purpose .
      It took an army of accountants to uncover the fraud .
    4. ( figuratively ) A large group of social animals working toward the same purpose .
      Our house is being attacked by an army of ants .
    5. ( figuratively ) Any multitude
      On sunny days the beaches draw armies of tourists of all kinds .


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    • Navy
    • Air Force
    • Marines



    • mary, Mary
    • Myra

Explanation of army by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. a large number of people united for some specific purpose

    2. a permanent organization of the military land forces of a nation or state

    3. the army of the United States of America

    Definition of army by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. 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.