ar·​mory ˈärm-rē How to pronounce armory (audio)
plural armories
: a supply of arms for defense or attack
: a collection of available resources
: a place where arms and military equipment are stored
especially : one used for training reserve military personnel
: 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.

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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Word History


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

First Known Use

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

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

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“Armory.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 May. 2024.

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ar·​mory ˈärm-(ə-)rē How to pronounce armory (audio)
plural armories
: a supply of weapons
: a place where arms are kept and where soldiers are often trained
: a place where arms are made

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