Three armored police vans came barreling down the road firing shotgun pellets out of the turrets normally used to launch teargas.
Her grandfather was decorated for gallantry at Vimy Ridge and went on to found the Canadian armored corps.
UN peacekeepers—mainly from India—rumble by in armored vehicles, looking bored.
c.1300, "mail, defensive covering worn in combat," also "means of protection," from Old French armeure "weapons, armor" (12c.), from Latin armatura "arms, equipment," from arma "arms, gear" (see arm (n.2)). Figurative use from mid-14c.
Meaning "military equipment generally," especially siege engines, is late 14c. The word might have died with jousting if not for late 19c. transference to metal-shielded machinery beginning with U.S. Civil War ironclads (first attested in this sense in an 1855 report from the U.S. Congressional Committee on Naval Affairs).
mid-15c., from armor (n.). Related: Armored; armoring.