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[ahr-mer] /ˈɑr mər/
any covering worn as a defense against weapons.
a suit of armor.
a metallic sheathing or protective covering, especially metal plates, used on warships, armored vehicles, airplanes, and fortifications.
mechanized units of military forces, as armored divisions.
Also called armament. any protective covering, as on certain animals, insects, or plants.
any quality, characteristic, situation, or thing that serves as protection:
A chilling courtesy was his only armor.
the outer, protective wrapping of metal, usually fine, braided steel wires, on a cable.
verb (used with object)
to cover or equip with armor or armor plate.
Also, especially British, armour.
Origin of armor
1250-1300; Middle English armo(u)r, armure < Anglo-French armour(e), armure Old French armëure < Latin armātūra armature; assimilated, in Middle English and Anglo-French, to nouns ending in -our -or2
Related forms
armorless, adjective
antiarmor, adjective
subarmor, noun
Can be confused
amour, armoire, armor. Unabridged
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  • "Our only armor against such influences is firm principle," answered the old man, encouragingly.

    Father Brighthopes John Townsend Trowbridge
  • There appeared a Giant maid who was not Gerda; all in armor was she.

    The Children of Odin Padraic Colum
  • These fought bravely and defied the Grecian spears with the strength of their armor.

  • No one would ever think of looking for one of us in this armor.

    The Ghost Breaker Paul Dickey
  • On the drenched earth the armor and arms swam in the blood of the enemy as in a river.

British Dictionary definitions for armor


the US spelling of armour
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for armor

c.1300, "mail, defensive covering worn in combat," also "means of protection," from Old French armeure "weapons, armor" (12c.), from Latin armatura "arms, equipment," from arma "arms, gear" (see arm (n.2)). Figurative use from mid-14c.

Meaning "military equipment generally," especially siege engines, is late 14c. The word might have died with jousting if not for late 19c. transference to metal-shielded machinery beginning with U.S. Civil War ironclads (first attested in this sense in an 1855 report from the U.S. Congressional Committee on Naval Affairs).


mid-15c., from armor (n.). Related: Armored; armoring.


mid-15c., from armor (n.). Related: Armored; armoring.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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