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

Examples of admiralty in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Under United States admiralty law, criminal charges like the ones filed against the three men only apply in federal court if the waterway upon which the crime is alleged to have happened is deemed navigable. Arkansas Online, 17 July 2021 Federal charges were dismissed against the three in December 2020 after a judge ruled that the lake wasn’t subject to admiralty law and suggested that the criminal case be brought under state law. Joe Barrett, WSJ, 16 July 2021 In years past, privateers could win title to captured vessels and cargoes by bringing them to the letter-issuing government’s admiralty court. Robert Zafft, Forbes, 9 June 2021 DeSantis is not going to compromise in his fight against the CDC or his opposition to cruise lines’ vaccination requirements, says Bob Jarvis, a Nova Southeastern University law professor whose areas of interest include admiralty and maritime law. Ron Hurtibise,, 30 May 2021 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, 23 Jan. 2021 That was the conclusion that Winston Churchill, the first lord of the admiralty, came to in 1911. Daniel Yergin, The Atlantic, 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, 7 Sep. 2020 Suspecting that Laird had dodged his question, Alexander visited Navy House, the British admiralty’s local headquarters. Jennet Conant, Smithsonian Magazine, 18 Aug. 2020 See More

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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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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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