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[ahr-mah-duh, -mey-] /ɑrˈmɑ də, -ˈmeɪ-/
Also called Invincible Armada, Spanish Armada. the fleet sent against England by Philip II of Spain in 1588. It was defeated by the English navy and later dispersed and wrecked by storms.
(lowercase) any fleet of warships.
(lowercase) a large group or force of vehicles, airplanes, etc.:
an armada of transport trucks.
Origin of Armada
1525-35; < Spanish < Latin armāta armed forces, neuter plural of armātus (past participle of armāre to equip with arms). See arm2, -ate1 Unabridged
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  • Dartmouth fitted out two ships against the Armada, and was captured by both the royalists and parliamentarians in the Civil War.

  • They collected an Armada the like of which was never imagined, neither before nor since.

    The Last American J. A. Mitchell
  • All along as he went he fell in with traders loaded with supplies for the use of the Armada.

  • The Persians were beaten, horse and foot—the Armada had gone down.

    The Christmas Books William Makepeace Thackeray
  • The Armada might have failed, he admits, against the choice troops gathered about the Queen.

    Sir Walter Ralegh William Stebbing
  • On June 11, the British Armada set out on the final stage of its journey.

    Across the Equator Thomas H. Reid
  • The British Armada consisted of fifty war-ships, mounting more than a thousand guns.

    Gentlemen Rovers E. Alexander Powell
British Dictionary definitions for Armada


a large number of ships or aircraft
Word Origin
C16: from Spanish, from Medieval Latin armāta fleet, armed forces, from Latin armāre to provide with arms


the Armada, See Spanish Armada
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Word Origin and History for Armada



"fleet of warships," 1530s (erroneously, as armado), from Spanish armada "an armed force," from Medieval Latin armata (see army). Especially of the "Invincible Armada" of Philip II of Spain (1588). Current form of the word is from 1590s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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