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Spanish Armada

(Historical Terms) the great fleet sent by Philip II of Spain against England in 1588: defeated in the Channel by the English fleets and almost completely destroyed by storms off the Hebrides. Also called: the Armada


(ɑrˈmɑ də, -ˈmeɪ-)

n., pl. -das.
1. Also called Spanish Armada. the fleet sent against England by Philip II of Spain in 1588, defeated by the English navy.
2. (l.c.) any fleet of warships.
3. (l.c.) a large group or force of vehicles, airplanes, etc.: an armada of transport trucks.
[1525–35; < Sp < Vulgar Latin *armāta; see army]
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