ar·​my | \ ˈär-mē How to pronounce army (audio) \
plural armies

Definition of army

1a : a large organized body of armed personnel trained for war especially on land
b : a unit capable of independent action and consisting usually of a headquarters, two or more corps, and auxiliary troops
c often capitalized : the complete military organization of a nation for land warfare
2 : a great multitude an army of birds
3 : a body of persons organized to advance a cause

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Examples of army in a Sentence

the armies of Alexander the Great He left home and joined the army after he graduated from high school. The company employs an army of lawyers to handle its legal affairs. They sent in a whole army of trained technicians. The organization was founded by a dedicated army of volunteers.
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Recent Examples on the Web Limbaugh said, commingling the stilted syntax and conspiracy theorizing familiar to his army of Dittoheads. Jeff Ostrowski, USA TODAY, "A ‘trendsetter’ in political media, Rush Limbaugh rode polarizing views to immense success," 11 Feb. 2020 Joshua Hall Bates graduated from West Point, served for 5 years in our army, then resigned and began a legal career. Luann Gibbs,, "Things to do in Cincinnati this week: Feb. 10-16," 10 Feb. 2020 Of course, the Academy, the TV network and Oscars advertisers all have their own small armies behind the scenes, trying to drum up viral content. John Jurgensen, WSJ, "The Memes That Make or Break the Oscars," 5 Feb. 2020 While the company frequently touts its army of fact-checkers and reviewers who are paid to debunk false claims, the effectiveness of its policies remain in question. Michelle Toh, CNN, "Facebook joins Google and Twitter in cracking down on fake coronavirus 'cures' and other misinformation," 31 Jan. 2020 Under the banner of the Republic of China (ROC), and with American support, Chiang hoped to consolidate his army on the island of 6 million before mounting an invasion of the Mainland. Daniel Tenreiro, National Review, "Taiwan’s Election Rebuked Xi Jinping," 23 Jan. 2020 Later, Reich will compare his notes with those of the general manager Chris Ballard and his army of scouts. Jim Ayello, Indianapolis Star, "Reich gets close look at QBs Herbert and Love — but Colts evaluating other needs," 22 Jan. 2020 On the eve of Davos, Siemens is the first big corporate scalp Thunberg and her army of supporters have claimed. Christiaan Hetzner, Fortune, "Forget Policymakers. Greta Thunberg and Her Allies are Targeting CEOs Now," 13 Jan. 2020 At its most finely tuned, Mr Liu says these systems let his army of workers classify data almost in real time. The Economist, "China’s success at AI has relied on good data," 2 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of army

circa 1522, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for army

Middle English armee, from Anglo-French, from Medieval Latin armata — more at armada

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The first known use of army was circa 1522

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14 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Army.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Feb. 2020.

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How to pronounce army (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of army

: a large group of soldiers organized to fight battles on land
: the part of a country's military forces that includes soldiers who are trained to fight on land
: a large number of people or things that are involved in some activity together


ar·​my | \ ˈär-mē How to pronounce army (audio) \
plural armies

Kids Definition of army

1 : a large body of soldiers trained for land warfare
2 often capitalized : the complete military organization of a nation for land warfare
3 : a great number of people or things an army of volunteers

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