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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Synonyms for armory


arsenal, depot, dump, magazine

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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.

Examples of armory in a Sentence

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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About 50 raids on homes, offices and armories were also carried out nationwide and 17 people have been detained in an operation aided by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Washington Post, "Argentina announces large seizure of weapons," 28 June 2019 People were escorted individually through the armory with a police officer and a Red Cross volunteer to view bodies on cots covered with blankets. Steven Goode,, "Judge delays ruling in efforts to identify unknown victims of 1944 Hartford Circus Fire," 17 June 2019 The police officer in charge of the armory has been replaced, but no arrests have been made, BBC News reported. Lucia I. Suarez Sang, Fox News, "Thieves steal Paraguay police rifles, replace them with toy replicas," 27 Aug. 2018 The 85-minute performance recalls the processions in Mr. Kentridge’s films in its panoramic setup: A catwalk runs the entire length of the armory’s vast Wade Thompson Drill Hall; the audience, sitting on bleachers, faces it. Heidi Waleson, WSJ, "‘The Head & the Load’ and ‘Greek’ Reviews," 10 Dec. 2018 The police have replaced the officer in charge of the armory, but so far no arrests have been made in the theft. Andrew Moseman, Popular Mechanics, "Thieves Replaced Paraguay Police Rifles With Toy Fakes," 27 Aug. 2018 The plane’s versatility combined with Fortnite’s already expansive armory means there are a wealth of killing possibilities, many of which the developers may have never imagined. Patricia Hernandez, The Verge, "Fortnite adds planes and now people are playing it like Battlefield," 6 Dec. 2018 Last May, Trump also expressed a desire to sell $110 billion worth of weapons and armory to the Saudis. Stavros Agorakis, Vox, "Vox Sentences: The world is a very dangerous place!," 21 Nov. 2018 Installations like Camp Pendleton continue to require personnel to register and surrender guns to military police or armories for storage. Carl Prine,, "Marine faces gun, theft, tattoo charges, plus disrespect of a sergeant major," 10 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of armory

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

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English Language Learners Definition of armory

: a supply of weapons
: a place where weapons are kept especially, US : 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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