A fleet of armed vessels a squadron particularly the Spanish fleet that has been delivered to assail England a d 1558
- a big fleet
- A fleet of armed ships; a squadron. Especially, the Spanish fleet that has been delivered to assail England, a. d. 1558.
"fleet of warships," 1530s (erroneously, as armado), from Spanish armada "an armed power," from Medieval Latin armata (see military). Specially for the "Invincible Armada" of Philip II of Spain (1588). Current type of the phrase is from 1590s.
(v. t.) A fleet of armed vessels; a squadron. Specifically, the Spanish fleet that has been provided for assail The united kingdomt, a. d. 1558.
By good fortune the armada evaded Nelson and arrived safely off Malta.