Armada

[ahr-mah-duh, -mey-]
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noun
  1. 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.
  2. (lowercase) any fleet of warships.
  3. (lowercase) a large group or force of vehicles, airplanes, etc.: an armada of transport trucks.

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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Related Words for armada

flotilla, squadron, fleet, navy, force

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Historical Examples of armada

  • Why were the English victorious in the great battle with the Armada?

    Introductory American History

    Henry Eldridge Bourne

  • How did the defeat of the Armada affect Spain's war in the Netherlands?

    Introductory American History

    Henry Eldridge Bourne

  • Both the suit and the armada were left in the bay of Biscay, and the queen an old maid.

  • About noon on the twentieth of July, the Armada was first sighted from Plymouth.

    Clare Avery

    Emily Sarah Holt

  • Even yet the Armada might have rallied and renewed the attack.

    Clare Avery

    Emily Sarah Holt


British Dictionary definitions for armada

armada

noun
  1. 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

Armada

noun
  1. the Armada See Spanish Armada
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Word Origin and History for armada
n.

"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.

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