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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Recent Examples on the Web

As the two allies fan the flames of nationalism, Mr Kim has ample peace and quiet to expand his arsenal. The Economist, "An old grudge between Japan and South Korea is getting out of hand," 29 Aug. 2019 That hasn’t stopped others from speculating the Cardinals are only hurting themselves by being so secretive and dull, even though most teams choose not to show their full arsenal. Bob Mcmanaman, azcentral, "Arizona Cardinals don't plan to change anything offensively even as criticism mounts," 23 Aug. 2019 In Game 6 of this year’s NBA Finals, Thompson showed his full arsenal again — scoring a game-high 30 points and making four 3-pointers, almost single-handedly keeping the Warriors alive. Cameron Fields, Warriors Wire, "Will Klay Thompson's legacy forever be tied to Steph Curry's?," 18 Aug. 2019 Munoz and Castillo in more high-leverage roles allows Michel Baez and Wingenter to focus on what will make them their best — developing their arsenal to face certain right-handers. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Analysis: Padres work within pitching puzzle," 16 Aug. 2019 The development underscores the dangers of world powers seeking to expand their nuclear arsenals. Tim Fernholz, Quartz, "Russia’s nuclear-powered doomsday missile, explained," 13 Aug. 2019 There’s also the fact that her arsenal boasts an already-formidable collection of irresistible pop tunes, which felt just perfect for a particularly warm and sunshine-filled Oslo day. Amit Gurbaxani, Billboard, "Tame Impala Seize the Night at Norway's Oya Festival," 9 Aug. 2019 The 15-18 girls were once again led by Sophia Breschi who remained undefeated in 2019 with six excellent dives and Ava Darling added a new dive to her arsenal and finished in second place., "Aberdeen Dive Team extends win streak to three," 16 July 2019 Nintendo is aiming the Switch Lite at gamers who are primarily interested in using their Switch as a handheld device, and at families who want to add a second Switch to their gaming arsenal. Time, "We Tried the New Nintendo Switch Lite. Here's What It's Like to Play," 10 July 2019

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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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