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Date: 1300-1400
Language: Old French
Origin: armee, from Medieval Latin armata; ARMADA

army

noun
     
ar‧my S1 W1 plural armies
1

the army

[also + plural verb British English] the part of a country's military force that is trained to fight on land in a war:
The army are helping to clear up after the floods.
Army units launched attacks on bases near Jounieh port.
He joined the army when he was 17.
in the army
Both my sons are in the army.
2 [countable] a large organized group of people trained to fight on land in a war:
Rebel armies have taken control of the radio station.
raise an army (=collect together and organize an army to fight a battle)
The Slovenians say they can raise an army of 20,000 men.
3 [countable] a large number of people involved in the same activity
army of
The village hall is maintained by an army of volunteers.
WORD FOCUS: army WORD FOCUS: army
similar words: armed forces, the military, the services

people in the army: soldier, troops, infantry, G.I. AmE old-fashioned, squaddy British English

to join the army: join up/enlist

to leave the army: be discharged, desert (without permission)
go A.W.O.L.
(without permission)

to make people serve in the armed forces: call up British English/draft American English

the system of making people serve in the armed forces: conscription, military service, the draft American English, national service British English

relating to the armed forces: military
army navy1, air force, Marine Corps, court-martial
 
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