ar·​se·​nal | \ ˈärs-nəl How to pronounce arsenal (audio) , ˈär-sə-\

Definition of arsenal

1a : an establishment for the manufacture or storage of arms and military equipment The city is home to a federal arsenal.
b : a collection of weapons
2 : store, repertoire the team's arsenal of veteran players

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Synonyms for arsenal


armory, depot, dump, magazine

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Examples of arsenal in a Sentence

The city is home to a federal arsenal. Doctors have a broad arsenal of medicines to choose from. the team's arsenal of veteran players
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But big data is just one component in a growing arsenal of high-tech policing tools. Gregory Barber, WIRED, "Crime Fighting Gets High-Tech Advances," 3 June 2018 The president brought his arsenal of attractive women to the White House, too. Nicola Pardy,, "How The Fake News Industry Weaponizes Women," 3 May 2018 Cambridge Analytica was supposed to be the arsenal of weapons to fight that culture war. Rachel Aviv, The New Yorker, "Cambridge Analytica and a Moral Reckoning in Silicon Valley," 21 Mar. 2018 Firefall powers the world’s nuclear arsenals, and he is concerned because the US now has control of it. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "Lisbeth Salander returns in the limp, faux-feminist The Girl in the Spider’s Web," 9 Nov. 2018 Celebrity makeup artist Tim Quinn used an arsenal of Giorgio Armani Beauty products to create the glowy look inspired by Old Hollywood glamour. Nicole Saunders, Harper's BAZAAR, "Watch Barbara Palvin Get Ready For The 2019 Oscars," 2 Mar. 2019 China is not a signatory to the INF Treaty and spent decades building a powerful arsenal of medium- and intermediate-range missiles, including the DF-21 and DF-26, that, when launched from the mainland, can reach as far as Guam. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Why the U.S. Is Quitting a Key Nuclear Weapons Treaty," 5 Dec. 2018 Building a bigger arsenal — of artificial-intelligence tools, or advertiser requirements, or whatever — won’t necessarily meet the challenge ahead. Casey Newton, The Verge, "Stop calling Facebook’s effort to fix itself an “arms race”," 14 Sep. 2018 And with the Iran deal scrapped, how does will the U.S. prevent the country from developing a nuclear arsenal? Jeet Heer, The New Republic, "How Democrats Can Over-Promise Like Trump," 11 May 2018

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First Known Use of arsenal

1555, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for arsenal

Italian arsenale, ultimately from Arabic dār ṣināʽa house of manufacture

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English Language Learners Definition of arsenal

: a collection of weapons
: a place where weapons are made or stored
: a group of things or people that are available to be used


ar·​se·​nal | \ ˈärs-nəl How to pronounce arsenal (audio) , ˈär-sə-\

Kids Definition of arsenal

: a place where military equipment is made and stored

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