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Armada

[ ahr-mah-duh, -mey- ]
/ ɑrˈmɑ də, -ˈmeɪ- /
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noun

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.

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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
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British Dictionary definitions for Armada (1 of 2)

armada
/ (ɑːˈmɑːdə) /

noun

a large number of ships or aircraft

Word Origin for armada

C16: from Spanish, from Medieval Latin armāta fleet, armed forces, from Latin armāre to provide with arms

British Dictionary definitions for Armada (2 of 2)

Armada
/ (ɑːˈmɑːdə) /

noun

the Armada See Spanish Armada
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