arsenal

[ ahr-suh-nl, ahrs-nuh l ]
/ ˈɑr sə nl, ˈɑrs nəl /

noun

a place of storage or a magazine containing arms and military equipment for land or naval service.
a government establishment where military equipment or munitions are manufactured.
a collection or supply of weapons or munitions.
a collection or supply of anything; store: He came to the meeting with an impressive arsenal of new research data.

Nearby words

  1. arse about,
  2. arse licker,
  3. arsed,
  4. arsehole,
  5. arsen-,
  6. arsenate,
  7. arseniasis,
  8. arsenic,
  9. arsenic acid,
  10. arsenic disulfide

Origin of arsenal

1500–10; (< Middle French) < Italian arzanale < Upper Italian (Venetian) arzanà dockyard < Arabic dār ṣināʿah workshop (literally, house of handwork); initial d probably taken as a form of the preposition di from

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British Dictionary definitions for arsenal

arsenal

/ (ˈɑːsənəl) /

noun

a store for arms, ammunition, and other military items
a workshop or factory that produces munitions
a store of anything regarded as weaponsan arsenal of destructive arguments

Word Origin for arsenal

C16: from Italian arsenale dockyard, from the original Venetian arsenal dockyard and naval store, from Arabic dār sīn`ah, from dār house + sīn`ah manufacture

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Word Origin and History for arsenal

arsenal

n.

c.1500, "dockyard, dock with naval stores," from Italian arzenale, from Arabic dar as-sina'ah "workshop," literally "house of manufacture," from dar "house" + sina'ah "art, craft, skill," from sana'a "he made."

Royal Arsenal, Woolwich, where the original players worked.

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