Armada

Armada

[ahr-mah-duh, -mey-]
noun
1.
Also called Invincible Armada, Spanish Armada. the fleet sent against England by Philip II of Spain in 1588. It was defeated by the English navy and later dispersed and wrecked by storms.
2.
(lowercase) any fleet of warships.
3.
(lowercase) a large group or force of vehicles, airplanes, etc.: an armada of transport trucks.

Origin:
1525–35; < Spanish < Latin armāta armed forces, neuter plural of armātus (past participle of armāre to equip with arms). See arm2, -ate1

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armada (ɑːˈmɑːdə)
 
n
a large number of ships or aircraft
 
[C16: from Spanish, from Medieval Latin armāta fleet, armed forces, from Latin armāre to provide with arms]

Armada (ɑːˈmɑːdə)
 
n
the Armada See Spanish Armada

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armada
"fleet of warships," 1530s, from Sp. armada "an armed force," from M.L. armata (see army). Especially of the "Invincible Armada" of Philip II of Spain (1588).
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