noun, plural ar·mies.
Origin of army
Examples from the Web for army
Fry had previously confirmed the news to his army of followers on Twitter.Meet Stephen Fry’s Future Husband (Who Is Less Than Half His Age)|Tom Sykes|January 6, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Fatima says they were initially happy when Ziad joined the army, but that feeling has utterly faded.
Sabrine says that if Ziad returns, she will make him leave the army.
The army has since conducted a brutal wave of jailings against activists and journalists.Behind Bars for the Holidays: 11 Political Prisoners We Want to See Free In 2015|Movements.Org|December 25, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Pan Am was granted landing rights at Camp Colombia, an army base near Havana.
The Confederate supplies had been captured by Sheridan, and Lees army was almost at the point of starvation.The Civil War Through the Camera|Henry W. (Henry William) Elson
An Army man tackled me on their 25-yard line, after I had taken the ball down the field for nearly a touchdown.Football Days|William H. Edwards
If there are good and true men in the South now, they would go into the army for similar cause.
He left his disreputable companions and entered the army honorably.
Claudius himself came for a brief visit to receive the congratulations of the army on the victory which his lieutenant had won.A Student's History of England, v. 1 (of 3)|Samuel R. Gardiner.
British Dictionary definitions for army
noun plural -mies
Word Origin for army
Word Origin and History for army
late 14c., "armed expedition," from Old French armée (14c.) "armed troop, armed expedition," from Medieval Latin armata "armed force," from Latin armata, fem. of armatus "armed, equipped, in arms," past participle of armare "to arm," literally "act of arming," related to arma "tools, arms" (see arm (n.2)). Originally used of expeditions on sea or land; the specific meaning "land force" first recorded 1786. Transferred meaning "host, multitude" is c.1500.
The Old English words were here (still preserved in derivatives like harrier), from PIE *kor- "people, crowd;" and fierd, with an original sense of "expedition," from faran "travel." In spite of etymology, in the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle, here generally meant "invading Vikings" and fierd was used for the local militias raised to fight them.