army

noun ar·my \ ˈär-mē \
Updated on: 16 Nov 2017

Definition of army

plural armies
1 a : a large organized body of armed personnel trained for war especially on land
b : a unit capable of independent action and consisting usually of a headquarters, two or more corps, and auxiliary troops
c often capitalized : the complete military organization of a nation for land warfare
2 : a great multitude
  • an army of birds
3 : a body of persons organized to advance a cause

Examples of army in a Sentence

  1. the armies of Alexander the Great

  2. He left home and joined the army after he graduated from high school.

  3. The company employs an army of lawyers to handle its legal affairs.

  4. They sent in a whole army of trained technicians.

  5. The organization was founded by a dedicated army of volunteers.

Recent Examples of army from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of army

Middle English armee, from Anglo-French, from Medieval Latin armata — more at armada



ARMY Defined for English Language Learners

army

noun

Definition of army for English Language Learners

  • : a large group of soldiers organized to fight battles on land

  • : the part of a country's military forces that includes soldiers who are trained to fight on land

  • : a large number of people or things that are involved in some activity together


ARMY Defined for Kids

army

noun ar·my \ ˈär-mē \

Definition of army for Students

plural armies
1 : a large body of soldiers trained for land warfare
2 often capitalized : the complete military organization of a nation for land warfare
3 : a great number of people or things
  • an army of volunteers


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