standing army


Definition of standing army

: a permanent army of paid soldiers

Examples of standing army in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Preventing the next pandemic depends on a standing army of health workers within communities. Time, 10 June 2021 For many, having the largest population and standing army in the world are a source of everyday national pride. NBC News, 11 May 2021 President Joe Biden took office in a city protected by a standing army two weeks after a pro-Trump mob overran the US Capitol. Peter Nickeas, CNN, 7 Mar. 2021 The tax fights would intensify, and by the end of the year, Kosovo’s legislature had voted to create a standing army. Seth Mandel, Washington Examiner, 10 Dec. 2020 Eritrea's President Isaias Afwerki -- a long-time foe of the Tigrayan leaders -- controls a vast standing army which the United States' CIA puts at 200,000 personnel. Reuters, CNN, 16 Nov. 2020 Without marching orders, the standing army remained on call. James Somers, The New Yorker, 2 Nov. 2020 Neutrophils and macrophages, Metchnikoff found, lived in tissues throughout the body—a standing army. James Somers, The New Yorker, 2 Nov. 2020 As my colleague Mary McCord recently wrote, the Constitution’s framers adopted the Second Amendment to address concerns that a standing army could lead to tyrannical rule. Jonathan Backer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 19 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of standing army

1603, in the meaning defined above

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12 Jun 2021

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“Standing army.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jun. 2021.

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