ar·​mory | \ˈärm-rē, 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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The Edgewater Community Council under Volini pushed for the building on Broadway and Thorndale, then a state armory used by the National Guard, to become an indoor recreation center. Gregory Pratt,, "Former Chicago Ald. Marion Volini, who pushed for Edgewater designation, dies at age 83," 22 May 2018 The men busted into the prison armory, stole weapons and stormed out of the unit in a prison truck. Keri Blakinger, Houston Chronicle, "Prosecutors ask to push back death date for Texas 7 escapee, citing clerical error," 27 June 2018 Harper's Ferry, Va., was the site of an 1859 raid on a federal armory led by militant abolitionist John Brown. William Cummings, USA TODAY, "Iowa Rep. Steve King says America is heading toward another civil war," 25 June 2018 The visionary director Ivo van Hove storms the armory with his adaptation of Luchino Visconti’s screenplay, performed by actors of the Comédie-Française. Alexis Soloski, New York Times, "12 Plays and Musicals to Go to in N.Y.C. This Weekend," 12 July 2018 Until being shipped to Atterbury, Simmons was stationed at the old armory at Broad and Diamond streets in North Philadelphia. Kevin Mulligan,, "From the archives: Why Phillies pitcher Curt Simmons missed the 1950 World Series is hard to fathom today," 26 June 2018 Michael Gagnon, who deployed in February 2017 and returned home that July, marked his fifth return ceremony at the armory Sunday. Matthew Ormseth,, "Hundreds Of Connecticut National Guardsmen Return From Southeast Asia," 8 Apr. 2018 The latter two events replaced the former Chocolate and Candy Festival that had been held at the armory for 15 years. Allan Vought, The Aegis, "Technicolor Motor Home's Steely Dan concert Friday, March 2, headlines busy weekend in downtown Bel Air," 26 Feb. 2018 The budget was also adjusted to reflect the cost of the security upgrades at the armory and replacement of part of the Town Hall roof. Allan Vought, The Aegis, "Bel Air approves contracts for parking garage striping, Armory security upgrades," 22 June 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 : a place where weapons are kept and where soldiers are trained

: a place where weapons are made


ar·​mory | \ˈär-mə-rē \
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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