"fleet of warships," 1530s (armado), from Spanish armada "an armed force," from Medieval Latin armata "armed force" (see army). The current form of the English word is from 1590s. The fleet sent by Philip II of Spain against England in 1588 was called the Spanish Armada by 1613, the Invincible Armada by 1632, presumably with more or less of irony.
updated on September 25, 2022
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