- Philip Dan·forth [dan-fawrth, -fohrth] /ˈdæn fɔrθ, -foʊrθ/, 1832–1901, U.S. meat-packing industrialist.
- 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.
- to cover or equip with armor or armor plate.
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
Spam may be the most well known, but there are hundreds of “potted meat products” available—Armour has an entire line.The Weirdest Food Trend Ever
July 15, 2010
The scene follows in which she plays squire to Antony and helps to buckle on his armour.The Man Shakespeare
All through the middle ages suits of armour are called 'weeds.'Beowulf
Knights and nobles lie clad in armour with their ladies by their sides.English Villages
P. H. Ditchfield
Poor, ill-advised, ungrateful Armour came home on Friday last.The Letters of Robert Burns
Gwaednerth made his enemies, as it were, pay him this tribute with the gold of their armour.Y Gododin
- any defensive covering, esp that of metal, chain mail, etc, worn by medieval warriors to prevent injury to the body in battle
- the protective metal plates on a tank, warship, etc
- military armoured fighting vehicles in general; military units equipped with these
- any protective covering, such as the shell of certain animals
- nautical the watertight suit of a diver
- engineering permanent protection for an underwater structure
- heraldic insignia; arms
- (tr) to equip or cover with armour
- the US spelling of armour
Word Origin and History 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.
Idioms and Phrases with armour
see chink in one's armor; knight in shining armor.