Meaning of “armour” in the English Dictionary

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"armour" in British English

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armournoun [ U ]

UK US armor uk /ˈɑː.mər/ us /ˈɑːr.mɚ/

strong covering that protects something, especially the body:

Police put on body armour before confronting the rioters.
In the past, knights used to wear suits of armour (= protective covering made of metal) in battle.
These grenades are able to pierce the armour of tanks.

military vehicles that are covered in strong metal to protect them from attack:

The troops were backed by tanks, artillery, and other heavy armour.

More examples

  • These Roman soldiers would have worn armour made from overlapping bands of iron.
  • The gun fires a shell capable of piercing the armour of an enemy tank.
  • At the Tower of London we saw some amazing suits of armour.
  • Why wasn't the police officer wearing body armour in such a dangerous situation?
  • The museum contains a fine collection of medieval arms and armour.

(Definition of “armour” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)