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1A place where weapons are kept.arsenal, arms depot, arms cache, ordnance depot, magazine, ammunition dumpView synonyms
- 1.1 A supply of weapons.‘the most powerful weapon in our armory’
- 1.2US A place where weapons are manufactured.
- 1.1 A supply of weapons.
2An array of resources available for a particular purpose.‘his armory of comic routines’
3North American A place where military reservists are trained or headquartered.
Middle English (in the sense ‘armor’): 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 armor.
- ‘His fame rested above all on his ability to produce designs for tapestry, embroideries, stained glass, armory, and goldsmith work in the new classical idiom.’
Late Middle English: from Old French armoierie (see armoury).
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