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