[ ahr-mee ]
/ ˈɑr mi /

noun, plural ar·mies.

the military forces of a nation, exclusive of the navy and in some countries the air force.
(in large military land forces) a unit consisting typically of two or more corps and a headquarters.
a large body of persons trained and armed for war.
any body of persons organized for any purpose: an army of census takers.
a very large number or group of something; a great multitude; a host: the army of the unemployed.


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Origin of army

1350–1400; Middle English armee < Middle French < Latin armāta. Cf. Armada


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British Dictionary definitions for army

/ (ˈɑːmɪ) /

noun plural -mies

the military land forces of a nation
a military unit usually consisting of two or more corps with supporting arms and services
(modifier) of, relating to, or characteristic of an armyarmy rations
any large body of people united for some specific purpose
a large number of people, animals, etc; multitude

Word Origin for army

C14: from Old French armee, from Medieval Latin armāta armed forces; see armada
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