• A large, highly organized military force, concerned mainly with ground (rather than air or naval) operations.
  • The governmental agency in charge of a state's army.
  • A large group of people working toward the same purpose.
  • A large group of social animals working toward the same purpose.
  • Any multitude.
  • The military as a whole.


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  • From (1386) Middle English armee, borrowed from Old French armee (cf. modern French armée), from Medieval Latin armāta ("armed force"), a noun taken from the past participle of Latin armāre ("to arm"), itself related to arma, from Proto-Indo-European *h₂er- ("to join, fit together").
  • armada. Displaced native Middle English heere, here, from Old English here.

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