noun Chiefly British.
verb (used with object)
Origin of armor
Examples from the Web for armour
Contemporary Examples of 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
Historical Examples of armour
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
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.