American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A fleet of warships.
- n. A large group of moving things: an armada of ants crossing the lawn.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A fleet of war-ships; a squadron. The Spanish or Invincible Armada, which consisted of 130 large ships, was sent by Philip II. against England in 1588, during the reign of Elizabeth, but was repulsed, and afterward almost entirely destroyed by storms off the Orkney islands and on the western coast of Ireland.
- n. A single war-ship.
- n. Any armed force; an army.
- n. A fleet of warships, especially with reference to the Spanish Armada.
- n. Any large army or fleet of military vessels.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A fleet of armed ships; a squadron. Specifically, the Spanish fleet which was sent to assail England, a. d. 1558.
- n. a large fleet
- From Spanish armada fleet or navy, from Latin armāta (Wiktionary)
- Spanish, from Medieval Latin armāta; see army. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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