nau·​ti·​cal | \ ˈnȯ-ti-kəl How to pronounce nautical (audio) , 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 How to pronounce nautically (audio) , ˈnä-​ \ adverb

Synonyms for nautical


marine, maritime, navigational

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a dictionary of nautical terms collected sextants and other antique nautical equipment

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For those looking for a nautical excursion of the YOLO variety, arrange a Hinckley yacht rental with the concierge at the Wauwinet. Jaimie Potters, Marie Claire, "Where to Stay, Eat, and Explore in Nantucket, Massachusetts," 10 May 2019 Like other parts of Newport Beach, the exterior has a nautical, all-American feel, as do the guest rooms, which are all crisply decorated in blues and whites. Archana Ram, Condé Nast Traveler, "3 Best Day Trips from San Diego," 5 Mar. 2018 For the launch, Kate wore a sweater featuring nautical stripes, and a pair of navy pants by L.K. Bennett. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kate Middleton Wears Nautical Stripes As She Launches King's Cup Sailing Regatta with Prince William," 7 May 2019 Vineyard Vines for Target's nautical-chic collection is made up of more than 300 items that include clothing, swim, and home goods and retail from $2 and $120. Glamour, "Priyanka Chopra's $30 Skirt From Target Is the Definition of Summer Vibes," 11 May 2019 In fashion, nautical means horizontal, and in my experience, the larger the width of the stripe, the fewer people look good in it. Tim Gunn, Marie Claire, "Tim Gunn: How to Wear Trench Coats and Nautical Stripes," 12 July 2010 Consider a dark green duffel from Everlane for something hands-free or opt for a nautical-striped backpack from Baggu. Vogue, "Shouldn’t Your Gym Bag Be as Stylish as You Are?," 22 Apr. 2019 With a brighter, cleaner foundation, Leanne gave the room two other layers of personality: First, a nod to the past, with a few nautical elements. Candace Braun Davison, House Beautiful, "Leanne Ford Has The Most Ingenious Tricks for Modernizing a Dated Home," 27 Mar. 2019 The captain failed to remove the ship’s voyage data recorder, so the report was cobbled together from interviews, logs and nautical charts. Sam Walker, WSJ, "The Truth About Failing Spectacularly," 16 Feb. 2019

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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 How to pronounce nautical (audio) \

Kids Definition of nautical

: of or relating to sailors, navigation, or ships

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