armed forces


plural noun

military, naval, and air forces, especially of a nation or of a number of nations.

Origin of armed forces

First recorded in 1685–95
Also called armed services.
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military, armament, service

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armed forces

pl n

the military forces of a nation or nations, including the army, navy, air force, marines, etc
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