armed forces

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plural noun
  1. 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.

Words Nearby armed forces Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use armed forces in a sentence

  • The regular troops, the constabulary, and other armed forces combined were unable to exterminate brigandage.

    The Philippine Islands | John Foreman
  • It is supposed never to have sustained an attack by armed forces and its present condition is due to neglect and decay.

  • I call on all loyal members of the armed forces to resist the mutineers actively, and to support their Commander.

    Greylorn | John Keith Laumer
  • Through the disputed land the armed forces marched; on, on, into the undisputed territory of the Indians.

    Four American Indians | Edson L. Whitney
  • The armed forces of both belligerents lie at the outset within their respective frontiers.

    Naval Warfare | James R. Thursfield

British Dictionary definitions for armed forces

armed forces

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

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