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Also called Invincible Armada, Spanish Armada. the fleet sent against England by Philip II of Spain in 1588. It was defeated by the English navy and later dispersed and wrecked by storms.
(lowercase) any fleet of warships.
(lowercase) a large group or force of vehicles, airplanes, etc.:
an armada of transport trucks.
Contemporary Examples

Even so, the dozen U.S. warships on station were the biggest contingent in this Armada.
America’s Secret Libya War John Barry August 29, 2011

An Armada of sand crabs hefting a landlocked ship on their backs.
Hollywood’s Nonsensical, Multibillion-Dollar Franchise Chris Lee May 17, 2011

A spice boutique and cooking school now complete the “Maisons de Bricourt” Armada.
A Superstar Chef Does the Unthinkable Amelia Smith November 16, 2008

Historical Examples

Dartmouth fitted out two ships against the Armada, and was captured by both the royalists and parliamentarians in the Civil War.
Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 7, Slice 9 Various

They collected an Armada the like of which was never imagined, neither before nor since.
The Last American J. A. Mitchell

All along as he went he fell in with traders loaded with supplies for the use of the Armada.
English Seamen in the Sixteenth Century James Anthony Froude

The Persians were beaten, horse and foot—the Armada had gone down.
The Christmas Books William Makepeace Thackeray

The Armada might have failed, he admits, against the choice troops gathered about the Queen.
Sir Walter Ralegh William Stebbing

On June 11, the British Armada set out on the final stage of its journey.
Across the Equator Thomas H. Reid

The British Armada consisted of fifty war-ships, mounting more than a thousand guns.
Gentlemen Rovers E. Alexander Powell

a large number of ships or aircraft
the Armada, See Spanish Armada

“fleet of warships,” 1530s (erroneously, as armado), from Spanish armada “an armed force,” from Medieval Latin armata (see army). Especially of the “Invincible Armada” of Philip II of Spain (1588). Current form of the word is from 1590s.


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