Meaning of ARRAY in English

I. ə-ˈrā transitive verb

Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French arraier, from Vulgar Latin * arredare, from Latin ad- + a base of Germanic origin; akin to Gothic garaiths arranged — more at ready

Date: 14th century

1. : to dress or decorate especially in splendid or impressive attire : adorn

he had already array ed himself in his best clothes — Thomas Hardy


a. : to set or place in order : draw up , marshal

the forces array ed against us

b. : to set or set forth in order (as a jury) for the trial of a cause

3. : to arrange or display in or as if in an array

the…data are array ed in descending order — Ed Burnett

• ar·ray·er noun

II. noun

Date: 14th century


a. : a regular and imposing grouping or arrangement : order

lined up…in soldierly array — Donald Barthelme

b. : an orderly listing of jurors impaneled


a. : clothing , attire

b. : rich or beautiful apparel : finery

3. : a body of soldiers : militia

the baron and his feudal array

4. : an imposing group : large number

faced a whole array of problems

also : variety , assortment

a broad array of styles



(1) : a number of mathematical elements arranged in rows and columns

(2) : a data structure in which similar elements of data are arranged in a table

b. : a series of statistical data arranged in classes in order of magnitude

6. : a group of elements forming a complete unit

an antenna array

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate English vocabulary.      Энциклопедический словарь английского языка Merriam Webster.