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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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Noun1.Spanish Armada - the great fleet sent from Spain against England by Philip II in 1588Spanish Armada - the great fleet sent from Spain against England by Philip II in 1588
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After a generation of half-piratical depredations by the English seadogs against the Spanish treasure fleets and the Spanish settlements in America, King Philip, exasperated beyond all patience and urged on by a bigot's zeal for the Catholic Church, began deliberately to prepare the Great Armada, which was to crush at one blow the insolence, the independence, and the religion of England.
Her inspirational personality was reflected in her Tilbury speech as the great Armada loomed - 'I know I have the body of a weak and feeble woman.
The little steamship had only been sailing for a year when it became part of the great armada of little ships sent to Dunkirk to evacuate troops.