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

 

the Armada

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(also the Spanish Armada)
 
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the group of 129 ships sent by Spain in 1588 to attack England. A group of British ships, led by Lord Howard of Effingham's Ark Royal and Francis Drake's Revenge, defeated the Armada in the English Channel. It was the first sea battle in history involving large numbers of ships, and was seen by the English as a great victory. The word armada is now often used to mean any large group of ships A small armada of fishing boats blocked the port in protest against the new regulations.

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