noun Chiefly British.
verb (used with object)
Origin of armor
Examples from the Web for armour
Old Hawberk sat riveting the worn greaves of some ancient suit of armour, and the ting!Read ‘The King in Yellow,’ the ‘True Detective’ Reference That’s the Key to the Show|Robert W. Chambers|February 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Spam may be the most well known, but there are hundreds of “potted meat products” available—Armour has an entire line.
But now she felt the completeness of a nature clothed in armour that rendered it impregnable.The Garden Of Allah|Robert Hichens
A large dent was made in the armour by a shot which also started a plate.The Egyptian campaigns, 1882 to 1885|Charles Royle
And he will find that the armour of light is an armour indeed.The Water of Life|Charles Kingsley
Thus Christian soldiers of the cross, losing "the armour of righteousness," would be exposed to "shame."Notes On The Apocalypse|David Steele
Real Spanish armour appears very clumsy, and probably little, if any, was made much after the accession of Charles V.Armour in England|J. Starkie Gardner
Word Origin for armour
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.