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armory

[ahr-muh-ree] /ˈɑr mə ri/
noun, plural armories.
1.
a storage place for weapons and other war equipment.
2.
a building that is the headquarters and drill center of a military unit.
3.
a place where arms and armor are made; an armorer's shop; arsenal.
4.
Heraldry. the art of blazoning arms.
5.
6.
arms or armor collectively.
7.
Archaic. heraldic bearings or arms.
Origin
1300-1350
1300-50; Middle English armerie, armur(i)e < Middle French armoierie, equivalent to Old French armoi(er) to bear arms (derivative of armes arm2) + -erie -ery
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British Dictionary definitions for armory

armory

/ˈɑːmərɪ/
noun (pl) -mories
1.
the usual US spelling of armoury

armoury

/ˈɑːmərɪ/
noun (pl) -mouries, -mories
1.
a secure place for the storage of weapons
2.
armour generally
3.
  1. (US) a National Guard base
  2. (US) a building in which training in the use of arms and drill takes place; drill hall
  3. (pl) (Canadian) such a building used for training and as headquarters by a reserve unit of the armed forces
4.
resources, as of arguments or objections, on which to draw: they thought they had proved him wrong, but he still had a few weapons in his armoury
5.
(US) a place where arms are made
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Word Origin and History for armory
n.

"arms and weapons collectively," c.1300; see arm (n.2) + -ory. Meaning "place where arms are manufactured" is from mid-15c. Also used in a sense of "arsenal" (mid-15c.), "the science of heraldry" (late 15c.), from Old French armoierie, from armoier "to blazon," from Latin arma "weapons" (see arm (n.2)).

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