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

Thankfully, Joan’s got an arsenal of reassuring tips to help them do that. Isabelle Kohn, Harper's BAZAAR, "For the Best Sex of Your Life—Ask Old People," 17 Oct. 2018 The secretary is under pressure to deliver a more concrete disarmament plan after the two leaders signed a vague 1-1/2 page document that didn’t provide a timetable for dismantling North Korea’s nuclear arsenal. Fortune, "North Korea Calls U.S. Attitude 'Extremely Regrettable' as Pompeo Cites Progress in Talks," 7 July 2018 Trump wants Kim to dismantle his nuclear arsenal entirely, thus giving up his only real deterrent and bargaining chip. Jennifer Epstein,, "Trump, Kim Planning One-on-One Talk at Start of Summit," 10 June 2018 Opposition from the country’s powerful armed forces could limit how far Kim is willing to go in dismantling his nuclear arsenal. Jim Michaels, USA TODAY, "Kim Jong Un's firing of top military leaders could mean armed forces not happy about N. Korea denuclearization," 4 June 2018 South Korea has favored a step-by-step approach where economic sanctions are lifted incrementally as Pyongyang makes moves toward dismantling its nuclear arsenal. Kevin Liptak, CNN, "Trump says 'two or three' sites on table for Kim talks; US officials prefer Singapore," 27 Apr. 2018 Analysts note that Russia’s annexation of Crimea and turmoil in Syria failed to really move gold prices, while concerns over North Korea’s nuclear arsenal and uncertainty about Britain’s Brexit vote offered only a temporary boost. Ben St. Clair, WSJ, "Amid Trade Tensions, Gold Loses Its Shine as a Haven," 6 July 2018 The policy runs counter to Obama’s efforts to reduce the size and scope of the US nuclear arsenal., "Trump’s trophy case," 15 June 2018 Choe Kang Il’s trip comes amid a heightened push to find a diplomatic solution to the problem of North Korea’s nuclear weapons arsenal and ahead of a possible May meeting between President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Fox News, "North Korean diplomat heads to Finland for talks with US, South Korea," 18 Mar. 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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