arsenal

noun
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

Synonyms

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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While her wedding look was designed by Clare Waight Keller for Givenchy, this newest addition to her stylish arsenal has been created by Dior. Avery Matera, Teen Vogue, "Meghan Markle Wears a Dior Boat Neck Dress to the Centenary of the RAF," 10 July 2018 Liverpool have already added to their midfield arsenal with the additions of Naby Keita and Fabinho, and Fekir could be next. SI.com, "Journalist Makes Liverpool Transfer Prediction & Hints at Post World Cup Signing," 3 July 2018 But because the soccer powers had already built around their immovable stars Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, their arsenals were already full. Joshua Robinson, WSJ, "The World Cup’s Breakout Star: Kylian Mbappé," 1 July 2018 Additionally, Russia is building up its nuclear arsenal and cyberwarfare prowess in what American military officials call an attempt to prove its relevance after years of economic decline and retrenchment. Eric Schmitt, New York Times, "In Eastern Europe, U.S. Military Girds Against Russian Might and Manipulation," 27 June 2018 The Trump administration’s plan to deploy some of the most restrictive investment limits in its economic arsenal against China marks a setback for Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin’s effort to take a less confrontational approach toward Beijing. Saleha Mohsin, Bloomberg.com, "Mnuchin Suffers Setback in U.S. Plan to Limit China Investments," 25 June 2018 Heaven Hill Heaven Hill has been producing spirits since 1935 and has expanded its arsenal to feature vodka, rum, and other spirits. Gabe Hauari, The Courier-Journal, "Tour these top Kentucky distilleries. Shocker! They're mostly bourbon," 20 June 2018 The United States decreased its nuclear arsenal from 6,800 in 2017 to 6,450 in January 2018. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The U.S. and Russia Are Shrinking Their Nuclear Arsenals—But China Isn't," 19 June 2018 This year at Triple-A, it's proved to be a useful arsenal. Jon Meoli, baltimoresun.com, "Orioles rookie right-hander Yefry Ramírez to make major league debut Wednesday against Boston," 13 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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arsenal

noun

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

arsenal

noun
ar·se·nal | \ˈärs-nəl, ˈär-sə-\

Kids Definition of arsenal

: a place where military equipment is made and stored

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