army

noun
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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Synonyms for army

Synonyms

array, battalion, host, legion

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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

After their father, Prince George, died in action during World War II, their mother received no public funding, and both brothers initially earned a living in the army, which did little to bolster their financial fortunes. David Mcclure, Town & Country, "How Queen Elizabeth's Fortune Is Divided Among the Members of the Royal Family," 16 Feb. 2019 Doing that in the Web-era means deploying a small army of bots, of course, and Graham notes the Internet Archive constantly has software crawling for content. Nathan Mattise, Ars Technica, "The Internet’s keepers? “Some call us hoarders—I like to say we’re archivists”," 7 Oct. 2018 In one of the most recent examples, JNIM seized headlines by claiming responsibility for coordinated attacks in March on the French Embassy and the national army headquarters in the capital of Burkina Faso, killing eight local soldiers. Jessica Donati, WSJ, "U.S. Designates Mali-Based Militants as a Terrorist Group," 5 Sep. 2018 When they are called to go in the army, one from every family has to go. Jessi Virtusio, Post-Tribune, "Young People's Theatre Company Jr. performs 'Mulan Jr.'," 15 June 2018 Hiding in plain sight as Moritz Stamm in the West German army, Rauch must gather NATO military secrets. Robert Karma, The Christian Science Monitor, "What are you watching? Readers recommend 'Deutschland 83,' 'Heartland'," 11 June 2018 There are no an armies, no battalions, no weapons, but my son continues on. Tina Chang, The Cut, "What Does Being Pregnant Feel Like? Part VI," 7 June 2018 Hailey refutes the version of their origin story that casts her as the ultimate Belieber (the name for Justin’s army of fangirls). Rob Haskell, Vogue, "Justin and Hailey Bieber Open Up About Their Passionate, Not-Always-Easy but Absolutely All-In Romance," 7 Feb. 2019 First introduced in 1963, the 122-millimeter D-30 towed howitzer equipped the Soviet Army, the Eastern European armies of the Warsaw Pact, and Soviet client states abroad. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "U.S. Troops Are Training to Operate Cold War-Era Howitzers," 24 Jan. 2019

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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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army

noun

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

army

noun
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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