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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A fleet of warships.
  • n. A large group of moving things: an armada of ants crossing the lawn.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A fleet of warships, especially with reference to the Spanish Armada.
  • n. Any large army or fleet of military vessels.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A fleet of armed ships; a squadron. Specifically, the Spanish fleet which was sent to assail England, a. d. 1558.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A fleet of war-ships; a squadron.
  • n. A single war-ship.
  • n. Any armed force; an army.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a large fleet

Etymologies

Spanish, from Medieval Latin armāta; see army.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Spanish armada fleet or navy, from Latin armāta (Wiktionary)

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