verb (used with object)
Origin of armor
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Historical Examples of armorless
It did take a dozen men in full armor to kill the armorless Pizarro, and even then it took trickery and treachery to do it.Despoilers of the Golden Empire
Gordon Randall Garrett
c.1300, "mail, defensive covering worn in combat," also "means of protection," from Old French armeure "weapons, armor" (12c.), from Latin armatura "arms, equipment," from arma "arms, gear" (see arm (n.2)). Figurative use from mid-14c.
Meaning "military equipment generally," especially siege engines, is late 14c. The word might have died with jousting if not for late 19c. transference to metal-shielded machinery beginning with U.S. Civil War ironclads (first attested in this sense in an 1855 report from the U.S. Congressional Committee on Naval Affairs).
mid-15c., from armor (n.). Related: Armored; armoring.
see chink in one's armor; knight in shining armor.