Definition of armorer in English:


(British armourer)


  • 1A maker, supplier, or repairer of weapons or armor.

    • ‘The protection and embellishment of the warrior's head has preoccupied warriors themselves, as well as their armourers and hatters, since the earliest history of organized warfare.’
    • ‘Marine armorers from the Precision Weapons Section, MCBQ, are building the guns.’
    • ‘Each MEU 1911.45 Automatic pistol is hand-built by specially trained armorers in the Precision Weapons Section, Quantico, Virginia.’
    • ‘There was no discussion, then or thereafter, but on every subsequent assignment the armorer had supplied weaponry with the same internal modification.’
    • ‘Public buildings were stoned and a group of young people tried to break into armourers ' premises on the Pont Saint-Michel, saying that they must have guns to use against the police.’
    • ‘In Europe armourers have invariably been workers in metal, but in other parts of the world materials such as wickerwork, bone, and coconut fibre have been used.’
    • ‘We've got a welder and fitter / armourer here, the welder does repairs if there's any cracks in the vehicle.’
    • ‘As any gunsmith or S&W armorer can attest, these guns - like any semiautomatic pistol - require lubrication of their long bearing surfaces or they may be unable to cycle as designed.’
    • ‘His helmet required some minor repairs, and while the armorer at the castle could tend to it, he preferred to take his custom to a man who needed it more.’
    • ‘Maryland tried to preserve its militia's arms by employing an armorer, Isaac Miller, who also served as an arms dealer, purchasing guns in England for several colonies.’
    • ‘The 773-page compilation resurrects St. George, the dragon-slayer who was slain himself at Lydda in Palestine around 303 A.D. and is the patron of soldiers, knights, archers and armorers.’
    • ‘Irons could have been made by blacksmiths or armorers, but are more likely the work of toolmakers.’
    • ‘At the Ashby tournament, attended by Prince John, tents accommodated participating knights, plus armourers and farriers.’
    • ‘Nuremberg supported an exceptionally dynamic community of metalworkers ranging from renowned armourers, such as Valentin Siebenbürger and Kunz Lochner, to bronze and brass casters to goldsmiths.’
    • ‘Similar laws were issued regarding armorers, masters of the Imperial mints, and so on.’
    • ‘Spurred by military target competition and by practical shooting three-gun matches, armorers and gunmakers unlocked the AR's accuracy potential.’
    • ‘Did you or a staff member attend an armorer's course or go to a big trade show?’
    • ‘Even the owner is urged not to disassemble the Crossfire if there's a problem, but to have it serviced by the Customer Service Department, a trained armorer or qualified gunsmith.’
    • ‘It is possible to order armour from armourers in the North Island and overseas, but much of the armour is home made, hammered out and welded together.’
    • ‘None rose to the challenge with greater distinction than the armourers of northern Italy who had been the international leaders in their craft from at least the fourteenth century.’
  • 2An official in charge of the arms of a military unit.

    • ‘A major change in weapons labelling means that soldiers checking when their rifle or pistol is due for inspection will no longer have to call the unit armourer or dig out the weapon log from the armoury.’
    • ‘Mr Tolan's distinguished career began on his 18th birthday in 1941 when he joined the RAF and became a ground-crew armourer for 102 Squadron at the Topcliffe and Dalton bases in North Yorkshire.’
    • ‘Miller was an armorer for the Army Marksmanship Unit who taught Vickers how to fit a barrel - the old fashioned way - slow, deliberate, no jigs or fixtures, just skillful handwork.’
    • ‘Charles Smith, the armorer, had spent the night ensuring that the vehicles' main weapon systems, .50-caliber machine guns and Mkl9 grenade launchers, were 100 percent ready.’
    • ‘Gunsmiths can be ex-machinists, ex-military armorers or other craftsmen who were gunsmithing at home as a hobby for their own entertainment and for friends.’
    • ‘The armorer was told not to let anyone know the optics were even in the armsroom.’
    • ‘Like the Maytag repairman, the unit armorer must have been one bored fellow.’
    • ‘There was an abundance of volunteers who needed to be trained in the ways of the military and become transformed into competent pilots, navigators, armourers, and support staff.’
    • ‘The armorer who looked after weapons couldn't walk; he was on crutches.’
    • ‘Initially, these were mostly ground crews, the mechanics, armourers, meteorological and intelligence officers, and even a padre who make up the running of an effective operating station.’
    • ‘A sergeant then, he was Yellow Oboe's armorer and ball turret gunner.’
    • ‘Talk to any Bomber Command veteran and within a few minutes they will be singing the praises of the ground crew - the fitters, engineers, mechanics and armourers.’
    • ‘Training for the weapon operators and armourers is under way and the performance of the weapon will be monitored during its initial service.’
    • ‘Dozens of men: mechanics, pilots, armourers, dashed about the great wooden deck of the Hiryu.’
    • ‘Sarah Povey, whose husband Sion, a Lance Corporal, is an armourer, said: ‘The Queen asked how I coped with separation and I told her you get used to it but that didn't make it any easier.’’
    • ‘The next day Willow was taken to the blacksmith and the armourer.’
    • ‘For all but the commando version, the barrels can be changed by the unit armorer (with some special tools.)’
    • ‘Being tasked to be the armorer probably saved my life.’


Middle English: from Old French armurier, from armure (see armor).