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armada n : a large fleet

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From armada < armata



  1. A fleet of warships, especially with reference to the Spanish Armada
  2. Any large army or fleet of military vessels



Venetian armada (compare Italian: armata)





From Proto-Romance armata, from Latin arma ‘arms’.


  • /arˈmaða/


armada f
  1. army

Extensive Definition

Armada, used in English, is a word of Spanish origin similar to navy or fleet, but is slightly archaic and romanticised, and carries implications of links to historical Spanish naval traditions. This is the same meaning as in Spanish, but in English, unlike in Spanish, it refers particularly to the Great Armada of 1588. An armada is mainly a spanish fleet.
In etymological origin, armada is a Spanish word meaning "armed" in the feminine form. It is used in many Spanish-speaking nations as the title of the national naval force (other Spanish-speaking countries use marina [English: navy] or marina de guerra [English: war navy]). Mexico uses the variation Marina Armada (Armed Navy) for the Mexican Navy. The word has evolved to mean a military navy or fleet in its English language use.
In Spanish the word armada also appears in other military contexts, such as fuerzas armadas (English: armed forces). El Salvador uses the term Fuerza Armada de El Salvador, in English Armed Force of El Salvador.

Armada may refer to:

Naval / military

  • The Spanish Armada or Great Armada, an unsuccessful attempted invasion of England by Spain in 1588.
  • The English Armada or Counter Armada, an unsuccessful English naval campaign in 1589 following the defeat of the Spanish Armada.
  • The Armada of 1779 or Other Armada, an unsuccessful attempted invasion of England by France and Spain in 1779.
  • HMS Armada, name of two ships in the British Royal Navy.
National Navies
Armed Forces
Fuerza Armada de El Salvador : Armed Force of El Salvador.


Groups and companies

Other uses

armada in Modern Greek (1453-): Αρμάδα
armada in French: Armada
armada in Polish: Armada
armada in Portuguese: Armada
armada in Turkish: Armada

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

Naval Construction Battalion, RN, Royal Navy, Seabees, USN, United States Navy, argosy, coast guard, division, escadrille, fleet, flotilla, marine, merchant fleet, merchant marine, merchant navy, mosquito fleet, naval forces, naval militia, naval reserve, navy, squadron, task force, task group
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