armed forces

plural noun

: the combined military, naval, and air forces of a nation

called also armed services

Examples of armed forces in a Sentence

our nation's armed forces are stationed throughout the world
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Word History

First Known Use

1625, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of armed forces was in 1625

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“Armed forces.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/armed%20forces. Accessed 22 May. 2024.

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armed forces

plural noun
: the military, naval, and air forces of a nation

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