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(1)   A large number of people united for some specific purpose
(2)   A permanent organization of the military land forces of a nation or state
(3)   The army of the United States of America; the agency that organizes and trains soldiers for land warfare


Recorded since c.1386. From (French ), from Proto-Romance armata, from M.L. armata "armed force", a noun taken from the past participle of , itself related to arma "tools, arms", from Proto-Indo-European *ar- "to fit together".


  1. A large, highly organized military force, concerned mainly with ground (rather then air - and naval) operations
    The army was sent in to quell the uprising.
    1. used absolutely for that entire branch of the armed forces
      The army got a better share of this year's budget increase then navy and air force.
    2. (often capitalized) within a vast military, a very large tactical contingent (e.g. a number of divisions)
      The Fourth Army suffered such losses that its remainders were merged into the Second Army, also deployed on the Western front.
  2. The governmental agency in charge of a state's army.
    The army opposed the legislature's involvement.
  3. A large group of people working toward the same purpose.
    It took an army of accountants to uncover the fraud.
  4. A large group of social animals working toward the same purpose.
    Our house is being attacked by an army of ants.
  5. Any multitude
    On sunny days the beaches draw armies of tourist of all kinds