armed forces

plural noun

Definition of armed forces

:the combined military, naval, and air forces of a nation called also armed services

First Known Use of armed forces

1625


ARMED FORCES Defined for English Language Learners

armed forces

noun

Definition of armed forces for English Language Learners

  • : the military organizations (such as the army, navy, and air force) of a country


ARMED FORCES Defined for Kids

armed forces

noun plural

Definition of armed forces for Students

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


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