Definition of armada
1 : a fleet of warships
2 : a large force or group usually of moving things
Examples of armada in a sentence
an armada of fishing boats
<an armada of ships sailing up the coast>
Did You Know?
A Spanish word that originally meant simply "armed", armada is now used in Spanish-speaking nations as the name of their national navies. In English, the word usually has historical overtones. The Great Armada of 1588 was a 120-ship fleet sent by Philip II of Spain in an attempt to invade Elizabethan England; it was defeated when British forces lit eight ships afire and sent them sailing into the Armada's midst, then blocked the passage to the south so that the remaining ships were forced to sail northward around Britain in order to return home, causing dozens more ships to be wrecked in the stormy northern seas. Today we sometimes use the word humorously for fleets of fishing boats, rowboats, or canoes.
Origin and Etymology of armada
Spanish, from Medieval Latin armata army, fleet, from Latin, feminine of armatus, past participle of armare to arm, from arma
First Known Use: 1533
ARMADA Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of armada for English Language Learners
: a large group of ships, boats, etc.
ARMADA Defined for Kids
Definition of armada for Students
: a large fleet of warships
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