[ahr-muh-muh nt]


the arms and equipment with which a military unit or military apparatus is supplied.
a land, sea, or air force equipped for war.
Usually armaments. military strength collectively: the armaments race; a country without armaments.
the process of equipping or arming for war.

Origin of armament

1690–1700; < Latin armāmenta fittings, equivalent to armā(re) to fit out (see arm2) + -menta (plural) -ment
Related formsnon·ar·ma·ment, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for armaments

Contemporary Examples of armaments

Historical Examples of armaments

  • They differ in the number of men and the quantity of armaments assigned to them.

    Secret Armies

    John L. Spivak

  • Literary criticism, armaments, tariffs, manners—there was no end to it.

    The Worshippers

    Damon Francis Knight

  • This proof lies in his handling of the nation's armaments and finances.

  • Wasn't it that book that converted the millionaire maker of armaments of war?

    The Convert

    Elizabeth Robins

  • He broke off into a digression on armaments and speeds in which I could not follow him.

    The Riddle of the Sands

    Erskine Childers

British Dictionary definitions for armaments



(often plural) the weapon equipment of a military vehicle, ship, or aircraft
a military force raised and armed ready for war
preparation for war involving the production of equipment and arms

Word Origin for armament

C17: from Latin armāmenta utensils, from armāre to equip
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Word Origin and History for armaments



c.1600, "munitions of war" (especially the great guns on board a man-of-war), also "naval force equipped for war" (1690s), from Latin armamentum "implement," from Latin armare "to arm, furnish with weapons" from arma (see arm (n.2)). Meaning "process of equipping for war" is from 1813.

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