"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.
1. The Spanish Armada was sent to attack England in 1588.
2. Plymouth Hoe is renowned as the site where Drake played bowls before tackling the Spanish Armada.
3. The vast armada comprised 4,000 merchant vessels and 700 warships.
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4. An armada of U.S. Navy ships participated in the invasion.
5. It'seemed to her a ridiculous armada of tubs jostling in futility.