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n. pl. ar·mies
a. A large body of people organized and trained for land warfare.
b. often Army The entire military land forces of a country.
c. A tactical and administrative military unit consisting of a headquarters, two or more corps, and auxiliary forces.
2. A large group of people or things, especially when organized for a specific cause or purpose: the construction army that built the Panama Canal; a banquet with an army of waiters. See Synonyms at multitude.

[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.]


n, pl -mies
1. (Military) the military land forces of a nation
2. (Military) a military unit usually consisting of two or more corps with supporting arms and services
3. (Military) (modifier) of, relating to, or characteristic of an army: army rations.
4. any large body of people united for some specific purpose
5. a large number of people, animals, etc; multitude
[C14: from Old French armee, from Medieval Latin armāta armed forces; see armada]


(ˈɑr mi)

n., pl. -mies.
1. the military forces of a nation, exclusive of the navy and in some countries the air force.
2. a military unit comprising two or more corps and a headquarters.
3. a large body of persons trained and armed for war.
4. any organized or large group.
[1350–1400; Middle English armee < Middle French < Vulgar Latin *armāta. See arm2, -ade1]


1. A formation larger than an army corps but smaller than an army group. It usually consists of two or more army corps.
2. In certain nations "army" is the land component of the armed forces.
3. In certain nations "armee" covers all the armed forces.

Army, Armies

 a collection of men armed for battle; a naval armament, armada, or fleet; a great number of something. See also array, force, host, multitude, troop.
Examples: army of ants; of arguments; of caterpillars, 1611; of idlers, 1855; of locusts, 1857; of lovely looks, 1596; of martyrs, 1543; of misfortunes, 1675; of people, 1500; of pestilence, 1593; naval army [manned with sailors and marines], 1751; sea army [sailors and marines], 1751; army of sins, 1751; of speeches wise, 1596; of waiters, c. 1890; of words, 1628; of good words.


  1. An army, like a snake, goes on its belly —Frederick the Great
  2. Military intelligence has about as much to do with intelligence as military music has to do with music —John Le Carré
  3. Soldiers in peace are like chimneys in summer —John Ray’s Proverbs

    The word ‘chimneys’ has been modernized from ‘chimnies.’


An army is a large organized group of people who are armed and trained to fight. In British English, after army you can use either a singular or plural form of a verb.

The army is in a high state of readiness.
The army are clearing up quite a bit of the land.

In American English, the singular form of the verb is preferred.

ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend: - a permanent organization of the military land forces of a nation or statearmy - a permanent organization of the military land forces of a nation or state
legion, host - archaic terms for army
army unit - a military unit that is part of an army
armed service, military service, service - a force that is a branch of the armed forces
armed forces, armed services, military, military machine, war machine - the military forces of a nation; "their military is the largest in the region"; "the military machine is the same one we faced in 1991 but now it is weaker"
army corps, corps - an army unit usually consisting of two or more divisions and their support
standing army - a permanent army of paid soldiers
Union Army - the northern army during the American Civil War
Army of the Confederacy, Confederate Army - the southern army during the American Civil War
Continental Army - the American army during the American Revolution - a large number of people united for some specific purposearmy - a large number of people united for some specific purpose
crowd - a large number of things or people considered together; "a crowd of insects assembled around the flowers" - the army of the United States of AmericaArmy - the army of the United States of America; the agency that organizes and trains soldiers for land warfare
AHPCRC, Army High Performance Computing Research Center - a United States defense laboratory to conduct research in high-performance computing for defense technology applications; a partnership of government and university and industry
Defense Department, Department of Defense, DoD, United States Department of Defense, Defense - the federal department responsible for safeguarding national security of the United States; created in 1947
CID, Criminal Investigation Command - the United States Army's principal law enforcement agency responsible for the conduct of criminal investigations for all levels of the Army anywhere in the world
armed forces, armed services, military, military machine, war machine - the military forces of a nation; "their military is the largest in the region"; "the military machine is the same one we faced in 1991 but now it is weaker"
Special Forces, U. S. Army Special Forces, United States Army Special Forces - a division of the United States Army that is specially trained for guerilla fighting
bureau, federal agency, government agency, agency, office, authority - an administrative unit of government; "the Central Intelligence Agency"; "the Census Bureau"; "Office of Management and Budget"; "Tennessee Valley Authority"
United States Army Rangers - a specially trained elite unit of the United States Army
United States Military Academy, US Military Academy - a school for training men and women to become officers in the United States Army
AI, Army Intelligence - an agency of the United States Army responsible for providing timely and relevant and accurate and synchronized intelligence to tactical and operational and strategic level commanders
Army National Guard, ARNG - a civilian reserve component of the United States Army comprised of guardsmen who serve during overseas peacekeeping missions and during local emergencies


1. soldiers, military, troops, armed force, legions, infantry, military force, land forces, land force, soldiery After returning from abroad, he joined the army.
2. vast number, host, gang, mob, flock, array, legion, swarm, sea, pack, horde, multitude, throng data collected by an army of volunteers
"An army marches on its stomach"


A very large number of things grouped together:
جَيْشعَدَد كَبير مَن
quân đội


A. N
1. (Mil) → ejército m
to be in the armyser militar
to join the armyalistarse
2. (fig) → ejército m, multitud f
B. CPD army chaplain Ncapellán m castrense
army corps Ncuerpo m del ejército
army doctor Nmédico/a m/f militar
army life Nvida f militar
Army list Nlista f de oficiales del ejército
army of occupation Nejército m de ocupación
army slang Nargot m militar
army surplus Nexcedentes mpl del ejército


[ˈɑːrmi] n
(= military force) → armée f army officer
(fig) an army of sth → une armée de qcharmy base nbase f militairearmy officer nofficier m de l'armée de terreA road A-road [ˈeɪrəʊd] n (British)route f nationale


Armee f, → Heer nt; army of occupationBesatzungsarmee f; to be in the armybeim Militär sein; (Ger also) → bei der Bundeswehr sein; (Aus also) → beim Bundesheer sein; to join the armyzum Militär gehen
(fig)Heer nt
(= division)Armee (→ korps nt) f attrMilitär-; disciplinemilitärisch; army doctorMilitär- or Stabsarzt m/-ärztin f; army lifeSoldatenleben nt; army officerOffizier(in) m(f)in der Armee; an army type (inf)einer vom Barras (inf)or Bund (Ger inf)


army ant
nWanderameise f, → Treiberameise f
adjArmee-; army rifleArmeegewehr nt
Army List
n (Brit) → Rangliste f
adjArmee-, Army-; army storeArmee- or Armyladen m


[ˈɑːmɪ] n (Mil) (fig) → esercito
to join the army → arruolarsi


(American) armor (ˈaːmə) noun
1. formerly, a metal suit worn by knights etc as a protection while fighting. a suit of armour.
2. a metal covering to protect ships, tanks etc against damage from weapons.
ˈarmoured adjective
1. (of vehicles etc) protected by armour. an armoured car.
2. made up of armoured vehicles. an armoured division of an army.
ˈarmouryplural ˈarmouries noun
the place where weapons are made or kept.
army (ˈaːmi) plural ˈarmies noun
1. a large number of men armed and organized for war. The two armies met at dawn.
2. a large number (of people etc). an army of tourists.


جَيْش armáda hær Militär στρατός ejército armeija armée vojska esercito 軍隊 군대 leger hær armia exército армия armé กองทัพ ordu quân đội 军队
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Upon the weeds the bees were gathered in armies, singing as they worked.
They made me think of defeated armies, retreating; or of ghosts who were trying desperately to get in for shelter, and then went moaning on.
While the husbandman shrank back from the dangerous passes, within the safer boundaries of the more ancient settlements, armies larger than those that had often disposed of the scepters of the mother countries, were seen to bury themselves in these forests, whence they rarely returned but in skeleton bands, that were haggard with care or dejected by defeat.
Their connections were dissolved, their armies scattered, and a future invasion put entirely out of their power; yet they continued to practise mischief secretly upon the inhabitants, in the exposed parts of the country.
Nor when expandingly lifted by your subject, can you fail to trace out great whales in the starry heavens, and boats in pursuit of them; as when long filled with thoughts of war the Eastern nations saw armies locked in battle among the clouds.
As marching armies approaching an unfriendly defile in the mountains, accelerate their march, all eagerness to place that perilous passage in their rear, and once more expand in comparative security upon the plain; even so did this vast fleet of whales now seem hurrying forward through the straits; gradually contracting the wings of their semicircle, and swimming on, in one solid, but still crescentic centre.