ar·​se·​nal | \ ˈärs-nəl, 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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Recent Examples on the Web

The classic crimson shade Legend was already in Cle de Peau's arsenal of Cashmere Lipsticks, a formula that is as soft, silky, and decadent as the name suggests. Jenna Rosenstein, Harper's BAZAAR, "Ruth Bader Ginsburg Inspired a Red Lipstick, and it Benefits the ACLU," 10 Dec. 2018 Such a powerful arsenal of cutting-edge hardware should make the Titan RTX stomp through machine-learning tasks. Brad Chacos, PCWorld, "Meet T-Rex: Nvidia's Titan RTX is the new graphics card mega-monster," 3 Dec. 2018 That said, the full complement of items makes the game a bit more approachable for complete newcomers, while also taking away a lot of the sense of growth and mastery that comes from building Link's original arsenal one piece at a time. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "Nintendo gives Switch subscribers decked-out NES Zelda save file," 10 Oct. 2018 The Ukrainian government has shown its commitment, spending 5% of gross domestic product on national security and upgrading its military and advanced-weapons arsenal. Adrian Karatnycky, WSJ, "Ukraine Is Moscow’s Guinea Pig," 28 Nov. 2018 With end-of-summer sales on some of our favorite skincare, haircare, and makeup, the universe is basically begging us to restock our arsenals before going back to school. Zoë Weiner, Teen Vogue, "The Best Labor Day 2018 Beauty Sales," 30 Aug. 2018 Censorship, information blackouts and outright propaganda are prime tools in the CCP’s arsenal of control, as evidenced in incidents large and small, recent and historic. Casey Newton, The Verge, "Instagram’s verification system is useful, fair, and Twitter should copy it," 29 Aug. 2018 Get our daily newsletter North Korea’s arsenal has since grown. The Economist, "North Korea presents nuclear disarmament’s biggest challenge yet," 5 July 2018 But despite the nostalgic name, the Core i7-8086K is one of the most advanced CPUs in Intel’s arsenal. Brad Chacos, PCWorld, "Intel's limited edition 5GHz Core i7-8086K goes on sale to celebrate the 8086's 40th anniversary," 8 June 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, ˈär-sə-\

Kids Definition of arsenal

: a place where military equipment is made and stored

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to gather or build up little by little

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