[ uh-rey ]
/ əˈreɪ /

verb (used with object)

to place in proper or desired order; marshal: Napoleon arrayed his troops for battle.
to clothe with garments, especially of an ornamental kind; dress up; deck out: She arrayed herself in furs and diamonds.


Nearby words

  1. arrant,
  2. arrantly,
  3. arras,
  4. arrau,
  5. arrau, claudio,
  6. arrayal,
  7. arrayed,
  8. arrear,
  9. arrearage,
  10. arrears

Origin of array

1250–1300; Middle English arrayen < Anglo-French arayer, Old French are(y)er < Germanic; compare Old English ārǣdan to prepare, equivalent to ā- a-3 + ræde ready

Related formsar·ray·er, nounun·ar·rayed, adjectivewell-ar·rayed, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for array


/ (əˈreɪ) /


verb (tr)

Derived Formsarrayal, noun

Word Origin for array

C13: from Old French aroi arrangement, from arayer to arrange, of Germanic origin; compare Old English arǣdan to make ready

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Word Origin and History for array
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Science definitions for array


[ ə-rā ]

Mathematics A rectangular arrangement of quantities in rows and columns, as in a matrix.
Numerical data ordered in a linear fashion, by magnitude.
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