armed forces

plural noun
|Updated on: 12 Jun 2018

Definition of armed forces

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

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ARMED FORCES Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of armed forces for English Language Learners

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


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armed forces

noun plural

Definition of armed forces for Students

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


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