- 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
Examples from the Web for armada
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Why were the English victorious in the great battle with the Armada?
How did the defeat of the Armada affect Spain's war in the Netherlands?
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About noon on the twentieth of July, the Armada was first sighted from Plymouth.
Even yet the Armada might have rallied and renewed the attack.
- a large number of ships or aircraft
- the Armada See Spanish Armada
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.