ar·​mor | \ ˈär-mər How to pronounce armor (audio) \

Definition of armor

1 : defensive covering for the body especially : covering (as of metal) used in combat
2 : a quality or circumstance that affords protection the armor of prosperity
3 : a protective outer layer (as of a ship, a plant or animal, or a cable)
4 : armored forces and vehicles (such as tanks)

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armor 1: 1 helmet, 2 gorget, 3 shoulder piece, 4 pallette, 5 breastplate, 6 brassard, 7 elbow piece, 8 skirt of tasses, 9 tuille, 10 gauntlet, 11 cuisse, 12 knee piece, 13 jambeau, 14 solleret

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Other Words from armor

armor transitive verb
armorless \ ˈär-​mər-​ləs How to pronounce armorless (audio) \ adjective

Examples of armor in a Sentence

The officers are required to wear bulletproof body armor. The shots penetrated the tank's armor. The armadillo's armor consists of a series of small, bony plates. a weapon designed for use against enemy armor
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Recent Examples on the Web The soldiers have become freelance mercenaries since the Empire has collapsed, their once-pristine armor now grimy with dirt. James Hibberd,, "The Mandalorian unmasked: ‘We did things no Star Wars fan has ever seen’," 5 Sep. 2019 Once considered nearly impenetrable, the Arctic is taking on new strategic importance as climate change melts its icy armor and trillions of dollars of resources become accessible. National Geographic, "Arctic Assets," 21 Aug. 2019 Authorities executed a search warrant at his home and found multiple weapons, including a handgun, a rifle, a rifle scope with a laser, numerous rounds of ammunition, body armor, a ballistic helmet and other tactical gear, police said. Wire Service, The Mercury News, "Mass shootings threatened in three states: ‘A good 100 kills would be nice’," 19 Aug. 2019 The mech’s ability to jump hundreds of yards, paired with its hefty armor, have drawn the ire of players for being overpowered, spawning the #RemoveTheMech hashtag which quickly began trending in the United States. Jason Fanelli, The Hollywood Reporter, "E-sports Organizers Ban Competitor Following Sexual Misconduct Allegations," 14 Aug. 2019 Not far from him is a vitrine holding a masterwork of Filippo Negroli, a 16th-century Milanese master craftsmen who seems to have been something like the JAR of the Italian armor world: innovative, often imitated, revered. Stellene Volandes, Town & Country, "Louis Vuitton's New High Jewelry Collection Was Inspired by Medieval Heroines," 27 Aug. 2019 The character introduced in Empire Strikes Back made famous the Mandalorian armor (although Boba Fett, contrary to popular assumption, is not Mandalorian). James Hibberd,, "The Mandalorian trailer revealed: See first footage of Star Wars series," 23 Aug. 2019 Both shots penetrated the backpack’s exterior and inner fabric, but were stopped by the back panel armor. NBC News, "Bulletproof backpacks wouldn't have saved anyone in recent shootings," 21 Aug. 2019 Authorities also accused Kollie of providing Betts with the body armor and a 100-round double-drum magazine used in the Dayton attack. Eric Levenson, CNN, "'Strong possibility' Dayton shooter cased out bar in advance, police say," 13 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of armor

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for armor

Middle English armure, from Anglo-French, from Latin armatura — more at armature

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27 Oct 2019

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The first known use of armor was in the 14th century

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How to pronounce armor (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of armor

: special clothing that people wear to protect their bodies from weapons
: a hard covering that protects something (such as a vehicle or an animal)
: soldiers and vehicles (such as tanks) that are protected with armor


ar·​mor | \ ˈär-mər How to pronounce armor (audio) \

Kids Definition of armor

1 : a covering (as of metal) to protect the body in battle
2 : a hard covering that provides protection A turtle's shell is its armor.
3 : armored forces and vehicles (as tanks)

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