army

noun

ar·​my ˈär-mē How to pronounce army (audio)
plural armies
1
a
: 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

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.
Recent Examples on the Web Under wartime conditions, mandatory conscription into the army would be reinstated and skilled laborers aged over 18 could be made to work certain jobs including in bakeries and post offices – as well as being prevented from quitting their jobs. Sophie Tanno, CNN, 9 June 2024 Saint Laurent left this post to serve in the French army after he was drafted in 1960 during the Algerian War, during which time he was fired from Dior. Cady Lang, TIME, 7 June 2024 The army is continuing to look through the area for other potential attackers. Landon Mion, Fox News, 5 June 2024 Musk also holds a sizable stake in the company in addition to an army of smaller retail investors that Tesla has been courting with advertisements and events. Amanda Gerut, Fortune, 7 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for army 

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Word History

Etymology

Middle English armee, armye "host of armed men, naval fleet, military expedition," borrowed from Anglo-French armé, armee, from armer "to arm entry 2" + -ee, suffix of action or result (going back to Vulgar Latin *-āta, noun derivative from feminine of Latin -ātus, past participle ending of Latin first-conjugation verbs)

Note: Compare Spanish armada "military force, fleet of warships"—see armada.

First Known Use

circa 1522, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of army was circa 1522

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“Army.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/army. Accessed 19 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition

army

noun
ar·​my ˈär-mē How to pronounce army (audio)
plural armies
1
a
: a large body of men and women organized for land warfare
b
often capitalized : the complete military organization of a nation for land warfare
2
: a great number of persons or things
3
: a body of persons organized to promote an idea
Etymology

Middle English armee "army," from early French armee (same meaning), derived from Latin arma "weapons"

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