ar·​se·​nal ˈärs-nəl How to pronounce arsenal (audio)
: an establishment for the manufacture or storage of arms and military equipment
The city is home to a federal arsenal.
: a collection of weapons
: store, repertoire
the team's arsenal of veteran players

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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Word History


earlier, "dockyard for the construction and repair of naval vessels," borrowed from Middle French archenal, arsenail, arsenal (in reference to the naval dockyard of Venice), borrowed (with conformation of the final to -al -al entry 2) from Upper Italian (Venice) arzanà, presumably alteration (by metanalysis, with the initial taken as the preposition d', di "from") of darsenà (attested in Genoese, earlier in Medieval Latin as darsena, darsana), borrowed from Arabic dār al-ṣināʽa "place of manufacture," from dār "house" + al "the" (assimilated to aṣ) + ṣināʽa "manufacture" (derivative of ṣanaʽa "to make")

Note: Forms with final -ale (as arsenale, arzanale, arzenale) are attested in Italian in the sixteenth century and may be the immediate source of the English word. The French forms with -al may reflect these, though attested about a century earlier. As arzanà the Venetian word is attested in the text of Dante's Inferno ("nell'arzanà de' Viniziani," XXI, 7).

First Known Use

1555, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of arsenal was in 1555

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“Arsenal.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Apr. 2024.

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ar·​se·​nal ˈärs-nəl How to pronounce arsenal (audio)
: a place for the manufacture or storage of arms
: a collection of weapons

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