from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A large body of people organized and trained for land warfare.
- n. The entire military land forces of a country.
- n. A tactical and administrative military unit consisting of a headquarters, two or more corps, and auxiliary forces.
- n. A large group of people organized for a specific cause: the construction army that built the Panama Canal.
- n. A multitude; a host: An army of waiters served at the banquet. See Synonyms at multitude.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A large, highly organized military force, concerned mainly with ground (rather than air or naval) operations.
- n. The governmental agency in charge of a state's army.
- n. A large group of people working toward the same purpose.
- n. A large group of social animals working toward the same purpose.
- n. Any multitude.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A collection or body of men armed for war, esp. one organized in companies, battalions, regiments, brigades, and divisions, under proper officers.
- n. A body of persons organized for the advancement of a cause.
- n. A great number; a vast multitude; a host.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Consisting of or abounding in arms or branches; branching; spreading.
- n. An armed expedition.
- n. A large body of men trained and armed for war, and organized in companies, battalions, regiments, brigades, or similar divisions, under proper officers.
- n. A great number; a vast multitude.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a large number of people united for some specific purpose
- n. the army of the United States of America; the agency that organizes and trains soldiers for land warfare
- n. a permanent organization of the military land forces of a nation or state
Middle English armee, from Old French, from Medieval Latin armāta, from Latin, feminine past participle of armāre, to arm, from arma, arms; see ar- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
(1386) Middle English armee, from Old French armee (French armée), from Medieval Latin armata ("armed force"), a noun taken from the past participle of Latin armare ("to arm"), itself related to arma ("tools, arms"), from Proto-Indo-European *h₂er- (“to join, fit together”). Displaced native Old English here. (Wiktionary)