man-of-war

noun \ ˌma-nə(v)-ˈwȯr \
variants: or less commonly man-o'-war play \-nə-\

Definition of man-of-war

plural men-of-war play \ˌme-nə(v)-\ also men-o'-war play \-nə-\
: a combatant warship of a recognized navy

First Known Use of man-of-war

15th century


MAN-OF-WAR Defined for English Language Learners

man-of-war

noun

Definition of man-of-war for English Language Learners

  • : a ship that has many weapons and is used for war


MAN-OF-WAR Defined for Kids

man-of-war

noun \ ˌma-nəv-ˈwȯr \

Definition of man-of-war for Students

plural men-of-war \me-\


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