What does Army mean?

Definitions for Army
ˈɑr miarmy

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word Army.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. army, regular army, ground forcesnoun

    a permanent organization of the military land forces of a nation or state

  2. armynoun

    a large number of people united for some specific purpose

  3. United States Army, US Army, U. S. Army, Army, USAnoun

    the army of the United States of America; the agency that organizes and trains soldiers for land warfare


  1. armynoun

    A large, highly organized military force, concerned mainly with ground (rather than air or naval) operations

    The army was sent in to quell the uprising.

  2. armynoun

    The governmental agency in charge of a state's army.

    The army opposed the legislature's involvement.

  3. armynoun

    A large group of people working toward the same purpose.

    It took an army of accountants to uncover the fraud.

  4. armynoun

    A large group of social animals working toward the same purpose.

    Our house is being attacked by an army of ants.

  5. armynoun

    Any multitude

    On sunny days the beaches draw armies of tourists of all kinds.

  6. Armynoun

    A sports team representing the US Military Academy at West Point.

    Army has several returning starters this year.

  7. Etymology: (1386) armee, from armee (French armée), from armata, a noun taken from the past participle of armare, itself related to arma, from h₂er-.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Armynoun

    Etymology: armée, Fr.

    John Locke.

    Number itself importeth not much in armies, where the people are of weak courage. Francis Bacon.

    The meanest soldier, that has fought often in an army, has a truer knowledge of war, than he that has writ whole volumes, but never was in any battle. South.

    The Tuscan leaders, and their army sing,
    Which follow’d great Æneas to the war;
    Their arms, their numbers, and their names declare. Dryd.

    The fool hath planted in his memory an army of good words. William Shakespeare, Merchant of Venice.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Armynoun

    a collection or body of men armed for war, esp. one organized in companies, battalions, regiments, brigades, and divisions, under proper officers

  2. Armynoun

    a body of persons organized for the advancement of a cause; as, the Blue Ribbon Army

  3. Armynoun

    a great number; a vast multitude; a host

  4. Etymology: [F. arme, fr. L. armata, fem. of armatus, p. p. of armare to arm. Cf. Armada.]


  1. Army

    An army, in the broadest sense, is the land-based military branch, service branch or armed service of a nation or state. It may also include other branches of the military such as the air force via means of aviation corps. Within a national military force, the word army may also mean a field army an army composed of full-time career soldiers who 'stand over', in other words, who do not disband during times of peace. They differ from army reserves who are activated only during such times as war or natural disasters. In several countries, the army is officially called the Land Army to differentiate it from an air force called the Air Army, notably France. In such countries, the word "army" on its own retains its connotation of a land force in common usage. The current largest army in the world, by number of active troops, is the People's Liberation Army of China with 2,250,000 active troops and 800,000 reserve personnel followed by the Indian Army with 1,129,000 active troops and 960,000 reserve personnel. By convention, irregular military is understood in contrast to regular armies which grew slowly from personal bodyguards or elite militia. Regular in this case refers to standardized doctrines, uniforms, organizations, etc. Regular military can also refer to full-time status, versus reserve or part-time personnel. Other distinctions may separate statutory forces, from de facto "non-statutory" forces such as some guerrilla and revolutionary armies. Armies may also be expeditionary or fencible.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Army

    ärm′i, n. a large body of men armed for war and under military command: a body of men banded together in a special cause, whether travestying military methods, as the 'Salvation Army,' or not, as the 'Blue Ribbon Army:' a host: a great number.—ns. Arm′y-Corps (-kōr), a main division of an army, a miniature army comprising all arms of the service; Arm′y-list, a list of all commissioned officers, issued periodically by the War Office; Arm′y-worm, a European grub which collects in vast armies. [Fr. armée—L. armata, armāre.]

The Roycroft Dictionary

  1. army

    A body of humanitarians that seeks to impress on another body of men the beauty of non-resistance, by exterminating them.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. army

    A large body of disciplined men, with appropriate subdivisions, commanded by a general. A fleet is sometimes called a naval army.--Flying army, a small body sent to harass a country, intercept convoys, and alarm the enemy.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. army

    A large and organized body of soldiers, consisting of infantry, cavalry, and artillery, completely armed, and provided with the necessary stores, etc., the whole being composed of companies, battalions, regiments, brigades, divisions, and corps, under proper officers, and the entire force being under the direction of one general, who is called the general-in-chief, and sometimes the generalissimo. Armies are distinguished by different appellations; as, a covering army, a blockading army, an army of obstruction, an army of reserve, a flying army, etc. An army is said to cover a place when it is encamped or in cantonments for the protection of the different passes which lead to a principal object of defense. An army is said to blockade a place when, being well provided with heavy ordnance and other warlike means, it is employed to invest a town for the direct and immediate purpose of reducing it by assault or famine. An army of obstruction is so called because by its advanced positions and desultory movements it is constantly employed in watching the enemy. A flying army means a strong body of horse and foot, which is always in motion, both to cover its own garrisons and keep the enemy in continual alarm. For method of providing for armies, see Appropriations.

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. ARMY

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Army is ranked #53913 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Army surname appeared 383 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Army.

    82.7% or 317 total occurrences were White.
    10.1% or 39 total occurrences were Black.
    4.4% or 17 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    1.3% or 5 total occurrences were of two or more races.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Army' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #852

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Army' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1457

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Army' in Nouns Frequency: #354

Anagrams for Army »

  1. mary

  2. Mary

  3. Myra

  4. yarm

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Army in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Army in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of Army in a Sentence

  1. Mike Burnstold:

    So, it is the fact that she was, you know, brave enough to volunteer for all these things [that] speaks volumes -- we think -- to her dedication to the nation, to the unit and to the Army.

  2. Pete Ciarrocchi:

    They had an army of people handing out beer at the parade.

  3. Le Thi Thanh Hoa:

    It looks like the impetus has died off. doing business with the army is good because its prices are stable.

  4. Molly Ritner:

    Our ultimate goal is not much different than it would be if we were in an in-person campaign. We are looking for ways to engage new supporters and invite them to take action with the campaign and build our frankly, army, of volunteers, and secondarily we are looking for opportunities to connect with voters in a way that meets them where they are.

  5. Defense Ash Carter:

    Eric served as my first chief of staff at the Pentagon, and it has been a privilege over the course of my career to work alongside him and watch him develop into one of our country's most knowledgeable, dedicated, and experienced public servants, i know he will strengthen our Army, build on its best traditions, and prepare our ground forces to confront a new generation of challenges.

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