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noun ar·mor \ˈär-mər\

: special clothing that people wear to protect their bodies from weapons

: a hard covering that protects something (such as a vehicle or an animal)

: soldiers and vehicles (such as tanks) that are protected with armor

Full Definition of ARMOR

:  defensive covering for the body; especially :  covering (as of metal) used in combat
:  a quality or circumstance that affords protection <the armor of prosperity>
:  a protective outer layer (as of a ship, a plant or animal, or a cable)
:  armored forces and vehicles (as tanks)
armor transitive verb
ar·mor·less \-mər-ləs\ adjective

Examples of ARMOR

  1. The officers are required to wear bulletproof body armor.
  2. The shots penetrated the tank's armor.
  3. The armadillo's armor consists of a series of small, bony plates.
  4. a weapon designed for use against enemy armor

Illustration of ARMOR

Origin of ARMOR

Middle English armure, from Anglo-French, from Latin armatura — more at armature
First Known Use: 13th century

Other Military Terms

bivouac, logistics, petard, salient, sally, supernumerary, tactical

Rhymes with ARMOR

ARMORLESS Defined for Kids


noun ar·mor \ˈär-mər\

Definition of ARMOR for Kids

:  a covering (as of metal) to protect the body in battle
:  a hard covering that provides protection <A turtle's shell is its armor.>
:  armored forces and vehicles (as tanks)


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