protected by armor or armor plate.
provided with or using armored equipment, as tanks or armored cars: an armored unit; an armored patrol.

Nearby words

  1. armor-clad,
  2. armor-piercing,
  3. armor-plated,
  4. armor-plating,
  5. armorbearer,
  6. armored cable,
  7. armored car,
  8. armored heart,
  9. armored personnel carrier,
  10. armored rope

Origin of armored

First recorded in 1595–1605; armor + -ed3

Related formsun·ar·mored, adjectivewell-ar·mored, adjective




any covering worn as a defense against weapons.
a suit of armor.
a metallic sheathing or protective covering, especially metal plates, used on warships, armored vehicles, airplanes, and fortifications.
mechanized units of military forces, as armored divisions.
Also called armament. any protective covering, as on certain animals, insects, or plants.
any quality, characteristic, situation, or thing that serves as protection: A chilling courtesy was his only armor.
the outer, protective wrapping of metal, usually fine, braided steel wires, on a cable.

verb (used with object)

to cover or equip with armor or armor plate.
Also especially British, ar·mour.

Origin of armor

1250–1300; Middle English armo(u)r, armure < Anglo-French armour(e), armure Old French armëure < Latin armātūra armature; assimilated, in Middle English and Anglo-French, to nouns ending in -our -or2

Related formsar·mor·less, adjectivean·ti·ar·mor, adjectivesub·ar·mor, noun

Can be confusedamour armoire armor Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for armored

British Dictionary definitions for armored



the US spelling of armour
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Word Origin and History for armored
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with armored


see chink in one's armor; knight in shining armor.

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