noun (plural armies)
- 1An organized military force equipped for fighting on land: the two armies were in positionMore example sentences
- Camp followers shared the military fortunes of the armies they accompanied.
- All the village men were fighting alongside the two armies, the Corbett army having come to join in.
- Only the Utuku, of all the peoples known to me in the world, equip and organize their armies in that manner.
- 1.1 (the army or the Army) The branch of a nation’s armed services that conducts military operations on land: an enlisted man in the army [as modifier]: army officersMore example sentences
- Now is the time to train as a nurse, join the army or make yourself indispensable to the government in some other way.
- His work in Cambridge was interrupted by World War I when he worked on the land rather than join the army.
- And he declared that he would want to fight alongside his men if he joined the army.
- 1.2 (an army of or armies of) A large number of people or things, typically formed or organized for a particular purpose: an army of photographers armies of cockroachesMore example sentences
- He is now attracting an army of fans, and keeps winning every time he steps up to a new racing division.
- It has an army of loyal fans which consider the GTi to be the most fun you can have on four wheels.
- The international gambling industry has hired an army of lobbyists to stack the odds in its favour.
an army marches on its stomach
- see stomach.
late Middle English: from Old French armee, from armata, feminine past participle of Latin armare 'to arm'.