Pronunciation Noun

army (plural armies)

  1. A large, highly organized military force, concerned mainly with ground (rather than air or naval) operations.
    The army was sent in to quell the uprising.
    1. Used absolutely for that entire branch of the armed forces.
      The army received a bigger share of this year's budget increase than the navy or air force.
    2. (often capitalized) Within a vast military, a very large tactical contingent (e.g. a number of divisions).
      The Fourth Army suffered such losses that its remainders were merged into the Second Army, also deployed on the Western front.
  2. The governmental agency in charge of a state's army.
    The army opposed the legislature's involvement.
  3. (figuratively) A large group of people working toward the same purpose.
    It took an army of accountants to uncover the fraud.
    On sunny days the beaches draw armies of tourists of all kinds.
  4. (figuratively) A large group of social animals working toward the same purpose.
    Our house is being attacked by an army of ants.
  5. (figuratively) Any multitude.
    There was an army of construction cranes working on building the skyscraper.
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Proper noun
  1. A sports team representing the US Military Academy at West Point.
    Army has several returning starters this year.
  2. Hexagram 7 of the I Ching (䷆)



  1. (fandom slang, uncountable) The fandom of the K-pop boy band BTS.
    • 2018, Adrian Besley, BTS: Icons of K-Pop, unnumbered page ↗:
      ARMY are clever, too: they urged fans not to buy J-Hope's mixtape Hope World on its release date, having worked out that delaying by a day would result in a higher ranking in the Billboard charts.
    • 2019, Jeeheng Lee, BTS and ARMY Culture, unnumbered page ↗:
      In this manner, ARMY gives charity in the name of BTS, and BTS responds by returning charity back to society in the name of ARMY.
    • 2020, Becca Wright, The Unofficial BTS Fan Book: For the Bangtan ARMY, page 25 ↗:
      The BTS boys love telling ARMY how important they are to them—without ARMY's unwavering love and support, BTS wouldn't be where they are today.
  2. (fandom slang, countable) An individual fan of the K-pop boy band BTS.
    • 2018, Ashley Chen, "BTS film rallies a large army", The Union (Milpitas High School), December 2018, page 13 ↗:
      Entering the theater, I expected the room to be filled with ARMYs decked out in their BTS merchandise.
    • 2019, Jeeheng Lee, BTS and ARMY Culture, unnumbered page ↗:
      It began when an ARMY tweeted something along the lines of: “If there are so many of us everywhere in the world, shouldn't we make a change and help people?”
    • 2020, Rachel Anne Macarandang, "BTS To The World", BusinessMirror, 2 February 2020, page 4 ↗:
      As of this writing, the Philippines is not included in the tour but Filipino ARMYs are hoping the group will eventually perform in Manila for a fourth time.

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