The men and women who volunteer to train and serve the United States of America are an example of an army.
A large group of ants is an example of an army.
An example of an army is all the people needed to help support a political candidate who runs for office.
The Salvation Army.
The army of the unemployed.
The construction army that built the Panama Canal; a banquet with an army of waiters.
- Used absolutely for that entire branch of the armed forces.The army received a bigger share of this year's budget increase than the navy or air force.
- (often capitalized) Within a vast military, a very large tactical contingent (e.g. a number of divisions).The Fourth Army suffered such losses that its remainders were merged into the Second Army, also deployed on the Western front.
The army was sent in to quell the uprising.
The army opposed the legislature's involvement.
It took an army of accountants to uncover the fraud.
Our house is being attacked by an army of ants.
Army has several returning starters this year.
Origin of army
- Middle English armee from Old French from Medieval Latin armāta from Latin feminine past participle of armāre to arm from arma arms ar- in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- 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.