English - Etymology
From (1386) Middle English armee, from Old French armee (French armée), from Medieval Latin armāta (“armed force”), a noun taken from the past participle of Latin armāre (“to arm”), itself related to arma (“tools, arms”), from Proto-Indo-European *h₂er- (“to join, fit together”). Displaced native Old English here.
English - Pronunciation
English - Noun
A large, highly organized military force, concerned mainly with ground (rather than air or naval) operations.
- Used absolutely for that entire branch of the armed forces.
- (often capitalized) Within a vast military, a very large tactical contingent (e.g. a number of divisions).
- The governmental agency in charge of a state's army.
- (figuratively) A large group of people working toward the same purpose.
- (figuratively) A large group of social animals working toward the same purpose.
- (figuratively) Any multitude.