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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Examples from the Web for armed forces
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British Dictionary definitions for armed forces
the military forces of a nation or nations, including the army, navy, air force, marines, etc
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