ar·​mory | \ ˈärm-rē How to pronounce armory (audio) , ˈär-mə- \
plural armories

Definition of armory

1a : a supply of arms for defense or attack
b : a collection of available resources
2 : a place where arms and military equipment are stored especially : one used for training reserve military personnel
3 : a place where arms are manufactured

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An armory has traditionally been a military storage compound where machine guns, rifles, pistols, ammunition, parts, and accessories are kept. In the U.S., National Guard and Reserve units often use armories as training headquarters in peacetime. Ever since George Washington established the country's first armory in Springfield in 1777, arsenals and armories of the Army Ordnance Corps have had a remarkable history of arms manufacture.

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the site of a 19th-century armory the soldier was sent to the armory to get a replacement weapon for the one that had been stolen
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First Known Use of armory

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for armory

Middle English armerie, armurie, armorye "armor and weapons, storehouse for weaponry, workshop in which weapons are made or repaired," borrowed from Anglo-French armurrie, from armure "arms, armor" + -ie -y entry 2

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“Armory.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Sep. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of armory

: a supply of weapons
: a place where weapons are kept especially : a place where weapons are kept and where soldiers are trained
: a place where weapons are made


ar·​mory | \ ˈär-mə-rē How to pronounce armory (audio) \
plural armories

Kids Definition of armory

1 : a supply of weapons
2 : a place where weapons are kept and where soldiers are often trained
3 : a place where weapons are made

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