ad·​mi·​ral·​ty | \ ˈad-m(ə-)rəl-tē How to pronounce admiralty (audio) \

Definition of admiralty

1 capitalized : the executive department or officers formerly having general authority over British naval affairs
2 : the court having jurisdiction over questions of maritime law also : the system of law administered by admiralty courts

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Recent Examples on the Web Using information from British admiralty charts from 1858 to 1956, the team created the first historical digital map of BC’s coastal kelp beds. Rochelle Baker, Wired, "A New Project Maps the Pacific Coast's Critical Kelp Forests," 23 Jan. 2021 That was the conclusion that Winston Churchill, the first lord of the admiralty, came to in 1911. Daniel Yergin, The Atlantic, "The Ghosts Who Haunt the South China Sea," 15 Dec. 2020 One of the reasons Rush listed for dismissing the indictment was that Table Rock Lake is not considered navigable as a matter of admiralty law, according to an Eighth Circuit precedent. Kay Jones, CNN, "Judge recommends dropping charges against 3 in a duck boat sinking that killed 17 people," 7 Sep. 2020 Suspecting that Laird had dodged his question, Alexander visited Navy House, the British admiralty’s local headquarters. Jennet Conant, Smithsonian Magazine, "How a chemical weapons disaster in World War II led to a U.S. cover-up—and a new cancer treatment," 18 Aug. 2020 Salvors then began to sue Florida, citing Fisher and admiralty rights. Chad Lewis, Smithsonian Magazine, "A Shipwreck Off Florida’s Coast Pits Archaeologists Against Treasure Hunters," 22 Jan. 2020 Access to oil has been a preoccupation of military planners and world leaders since 1914, when Winston Churchill, as first lord of the admiralty, converted the British naval fleet from coal. Walter Russell Mead, WSJ, "Democrats Should Support America’s Oil Industry," 29 Apr. 2020 The admiralty-style anchor, commonly used between the time of the Civil War to World War II, is heavily striated – time and oxidation have given it the appearance of driftwood, despite being made of metal. USA TODAY, "Jornada del Muerto, Livestrong rebrand, Mach 8 tunnel: News from around our 50 states," 12 Feb. 2020 The Alabama Historical Commission filed a claim under admiralty, or maritime law, in US District Court in Mobile. Ralph Ellis, CNN, "Alabama moves to protect the Clotilda, believed to be the last ship to bring slaves to the US," 26 July 2019

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First Known Use of admiralty

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for admiralty

Middle English admiralte, ameralte "office or jurisdiction of an admiral," borrowed from Anglo-French admiralté, amiralté from admiral, amiral admiral + -té -ty

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The first known use of admiralty was in the 15th century

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31 Jan 2021

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“Admiralty.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Mar. 2021.

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ad·​mi·​ral·​ty | \ ˈad-mə-rəl-tē How to pronounce admiralty (audio) , -mrəl- \

Kids Definition of admiralty

: of or relating to conduct on the sea admiralty law


ad·​mi·​ral·​ty | \ ˈad-mə-rəl-tē How to pronounce admiralty (audio) \

Legal Definition of admiralty

: the court having jurisdiction over questions of maritime law also : maritime law

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