Definition of armour noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    (especially US English armor) noun
    BrE BrE//ˈɑːmə(r)//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈɑːrmər//
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  1. 1special metal clothing that soldiers wore in the past to protect their bodies while fighting a suit of armour (figurative) Monkeys do not have any kind of protective armour and use their brains to solve problems.
  2. 2metal covers that protect ships and military vehicles such as tanks
  3. 3(specialist) military vehicles used in war an attack by infantry and armour
  4. Word OriginMiddle English: from Old French armure, from Latin armatura, from armare ‘to arm’, from arma ‘armour, arms’.Extra examples He wore a suit of heavy armour and carried a sword. police officers in full body armour the police should be protected by body armour.Idioms
    a chink in somebody’s armour
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    a weak point in somebody’s argument, character, etc., that can be used in an attack
    a knight in shining armour
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    (usually humorous) a man who saves somebody, especially a woman, from a dangerous situation She’s still waiting for a knight in shining armour/armor to come and rescue her.
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