Army meaning

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Army is defined as a military branch made up of specially trained people who serve their country in times of war and peace.

The men and women who volunteer to train and serve the United States of America are an example of an army.

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A large, organized body of soldiers for waging war, esp. on land.
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An army means a lot of something.

A large group of ants is an example of an army.

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The definition of an army is a group of people who work together for something they all believe in.

An example of an army is all the people needed to help support a political candidate who runs for office.

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A large organization of persons for a specific cause.

The Salvation Army.

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Any large number of persons, animals, etc. considered as a whole.

The army of the unemployed.

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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.

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A military unit, usually two or more army corps, together with auxiliary troops.
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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.
    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.

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The governmental agency in charge of a state's army.

The army opposed the legislature's involvement.

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(figuratively) A large group of people working toward the same purpose.

It took an army of accountants to uncover the fraud.

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(figuratively) A large group of social animals working toward the same purpose.

Our house is being attacked by an army of ants.

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(figuratively) Any multitude.

On sunny days the beaches draw armies of tourists of all kinds.

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A sports team representing the US Military Academy at West Point.

Army has several returning starters this year.

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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.

    From Wiktionary