Definition of armoury in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈɑːməri/
(US armory)

noun (plural armouries)

1A place where arms are kept.
Example sentences
  • The Australian Government recently handed over four new state-of-the-art armouries to the PNG Defence Force.
  • The three-story, 88,000-square-foot facility is expected to serve as a model for future high-technology National Guard armories.
  • Missiles rained down on the city as fireballs went up into the night sky after the armoury at the central Ikeja barracks caught fire.
arsenal, arms depot, arms cache, ordnance depot, magazine, ammunition dump
1.1A supply of arms: Britain’s nuclear armoury expanded
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  • One of its many functions was to serve as the armoury, which supplied many weapons to Soldiers of the British Empire.
  • In an attempt to develop the capability to punch through the missile defence shield, countries such as China could decide to massively increase the number of nuclear missiles in their armoury.
  • And China has threatened to respond by massively increasing its nuclear armoury.
1.2US A place where arms are manufactured.
Example sentences
  • Beginning in 1795 and 1801, respectively, these armories manufactured muskets based upon a .69-caliber French 1777 design.
  • As Hoke put it: ‘The most important transfer of technology from the armories to the watch factories was the imposition of a rigid system of organization and the elevation of the machine shop to a position of supremacy.’
  • These A & M schools trained students for practical problem solving in our armories, hospitals, factories, and farms.
2An array of resources available for a particular purpose: his armoury of comic routines
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  • The press presents one of the most useful and cost effective tools available to the IR armoury.
  • Just as a baby cannot rear itself in isolation, so an argument cannot find voice without drawing on an enormous armory of resources that are the gift of the past.
  • Like Hewitt, she is an aggressive baseliner with an armoury of ferocious groundstrokes and possesses the same gritty determination which has taken Hewitt to the top of the men's rankings.
3North American A place where militia units drill and train.
Example sentences
  • The largest Alabama Guard unit to return from Iraq, the 877th Engineer Battalion, had its first weekend drills earlier this month at its northwest Alabama armories.
  • Despite these difficulties, on April 28 Colonel Harry Clay Kessler ordered Montana Guard units to report for duty at their respective armories.
  • The siege lines were arrayed all around the triangular-shaped compound of the armory.


Middle English (in the sense 'armour'): from Old French armoirie, armoierie, from armoier 'to blazon', from arme 'weapon' (see arms). The change in the second syllable in the 17th century was due to association with armour.

Words that rhyme with armoury

armory, gendarmerie

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