nau·ti·cal | \ˈnȯ-ti-kəl, ˈnä-\

Definition of nautical 

: of, relating to, or associated with seamen, navigation, or ships a dictionary of nautical terms nautical flags nautical skills

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nautically \ˈnȯ-ti-k(ə-)lē, ˈnä- \ adverb

Synonyms for nautical


marine, maritime, navigational

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Given the Gaines family's love of shiplap, a nautical theme shouldn't have been surprising. Megan Friedman, Country Living, "Chip and Joanna Gaines Tapped Into Two Trends When Naming Baby Crew," 25 June 2018 The nautical theme extended to a seating area inside a faux pirate ship. Sharon Boorstin,, "Bounce in a dune buggy on a sandy weekend escape to Pismo Beach," 7 June 2018 The interior has a nautical theme as well as some quirky touches such as a turntable right at the entrance, with a stack of old records that most vinyl junkies will quickly start flipping through. Robert Philpot, star-telegram, "Can a Connecticut-based taco joint make it in Fort Worth? Its prez thinks so," 31 May 2018 By no means was the nautical snap the first time Spears documented her days lounging by the pool. Rania Aniftos, Billboard, "Beat the Heat With Britney Spears' Poolside Instagram Photos," 6 July 2018 For those in search of a nautical adventure, the Chesapeake Bay is at your disposal. Lauren Sheffield, Harper's BAZAAR, "This East Coast Getaway Is the Perfect Alternative to The Hamptons," 26 June 2018 Investigators believe the thieves are selling the 300-pound bells and 75-pound gongs to nautical novelty shops or metal yards. David Abel,, "Someone is stealing bells and gongs from buoys in Maine," 25 June 2018 The nautical themed hotel has 296 guest rooms, 25,000 square feet of private event space and a 250-slip marina. Claire Perez,, "Just in time for mango season: Bahia Mar's baked salmon recipe," 8 June 2018 The pleasure cruise may soon become a nautical nightmare. Guy Hanford, Ramona Sentinel, "Flickers," 12 July 2018

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First Known Use of nautical

1552, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for nautical

Latin nauticus, from Greek nautikos, from nautēs sailor, from naus ship — more at nave

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English Language Learners Definition of nautical

: relating to ships and sailing


nau·ti·cal | \ˈnȯ-ti-kəl \

Kids Definition of nautical

: of or relating to sailors, navigation, or ships

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