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[ahr-muh-ree] /ˈɑr mə ri/
noun, plural armories.
a storage place for weapons and other war equipment.
a building that is the headquarters and drill center of a military unit.
a place where arms and armor are made; an armorer's shop; arsenal.
Heraldry. the art of blazoning arms.
arms or armor collectively.
Archaic. heraldic bearings or arms.
Origin of armory
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 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • But Melanthius, the goatherd, crept up to the armory and brought down therefrom twelve helmets and shields, and spears as many.

    Stories of the Old world Alfred John Church
  • Then the Dragon-King was frightened, and had the heaviest weapon in his armory brought in.

  • Her neck is as the tower of David, builded for an armory, whereon there hang 1,000 bucklers and shields of mighty men.

    The Commonwealth of Oceana James Harrington
  • So we come back home to Newyork and they lock us up in the armory.

    Mutineer Robert J. Shea
  • His superintendency was the longest of any in the history of the armory.

British Dictionary definitions for armory


noun (pl) -mories
the usual US spelling of armoury
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Word Origin and History for armory

"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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