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British Dictionary definitions for armoury

armoury

US armory

noun plural -mouries or -mories
  1. a secure place for the storage of weapons
  2. armour generally
    1. USa National Guard base
    2. USa building in which training in the use of arms and drill takes place; drill hall
    3. (plural) Canadiansuch a building used for training and as headquarters by a reserve unit of the armed forces
  3. resources, as of arguments or objections, on which to drawthey thought they had proved him wrong, but he still had a few weapons in his armoury
  4. US a place where arms are made
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Examples from the Web for armoury

Historical Examples

  • 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


Word Origin and History for armoury

n.

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

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