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noun (pl) -mouries, -mories
a secure place for the storage of weapons
armour generally
  1. (US) a National Guard base
  2. (US) a building in which training in the use of arms and drill takes place; drill hall
  3. (pl) (Canadian) such a building used for training and as headquarters by a reserve unit of the armed forces
resources, as of arguments or objections, on which to draw: they thought they had proved him wrong, but he still had a few weapons in his armoury
(US) a place where arms are made
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  • And what I overheard in the armoury--about a telegram--telling me--putting me out of my misery?

    Viviette William J. Locke
  • What did you mean, then--a little while ago--in the armoury?

    Viviette William J. Locke
  • I was unexpectedly struck, on entering the armoury at the Tower.

  • The place is national property now, and used as a kind of armoury, my love.

    A Tale of Two Cities Charles Dickens
  • My recollection of the way to the armoury, I found, however, almost obliterated.

    Wilfrid Cumbermede George MacDonald
  • It's too bad, with an armoury like that, to take my one little ewe-lamb from me.'

    Wilfrid Cumbermede George MacDonald
  • It is a description, and in most cases a history as well, of every weapon in the armoury.

    Wilfrid Cumbermede George MacDonald
  • I might have taken it from the armoury, for I was in the library all the afternoon.

    Wilfrid Cumbermede George MacDonald
  • I took no further notice of him, but followed Sir Giles through the armoury.

    Wilfrid Cumbermede George MacDonald
  • It also may have once belonged to the armoury of Moldwarp Hall.

    Wilfrid Cumbermede George MacDonald
Word Origin and History for armoury

chiefly British English spelling of armory (q.v.); for suffix, see -or.

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