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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Other Words from nautical

nautically \ ˈnȯ-​ti-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce nautically (audio) , ˈnä-​ \ adverb

Examples of nautical in a Sentence

a dictionary of nautical terms collected sextants and other antique nautical equipment
Recent Examples on the Web The brewery's interior will be renovated to include exposed wood, rebar and iron that should warm the room and give it a nautical aesthetic — a tribute to the life and times of Capt. Kathy Flanigan, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Changes are brewing for the Pabst Milwaukee Brewery & Taproom, including renovations," 14 Jan. 2020 Kids zone: Kids will be able to color, test their knowledge of the Lake Erie islands with an oversize puzzle and learn the nautical alphabet. Laura Johnston, cleveland, "What to do at the 2020 Progressive Cleveland Boat Show," 31 Dec. 2019 The event theme evoked the glitz and glamour of a 1940s ocean liner cruise with nautical decor created by Kehoe Designs. Candace Jordan,, "World of Chocolate’s cocktails in an ‘igloo’ and 1940s ocean liner vibe help raise money for AIDS Foundation of Chicago," 12 Dec. 2019 The bar itself, with showstopping nautical decor, is worth a visit in itself, but happy hour here is a hell of a deal, with $5 beers, $7 cocktails and glasses of wine, and $7 small bites from a unique bar menu. Tara Duggan,, "Where to dine while shopping in Union Square," 7 Dec. 2019 Pier 106 Seafood Tavern: The nautical-themed restaurant at 106 W. Wells St., on Milwaukee's RiverWalk, never reopened after its basement was flooded following heavy rains on May 28. Pete Sullivan, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Bars and restaurants that closed in the Milwaukee area in 2019," 27 Dec. 2019 Keep the high seas low stress by sticking to one of these rookie-ready itineraries that are sure to please anyone in search of their nautical stripes. Elissa Garay, Condé Nast Traveler, "6 Stress-Free Cruises for First-Timers," 9 Oct. 2019 The boat’s captain summarized the journey in a clipped German accent, using nautical terminology. Emily Witt, The New Yorker, "Greta Thunberg’s Slow Boat to New York," 30 Aug. 2019 Away with your Sperrys, nautical stripes, and sun hats; Kylie Jenner just boarded a boat in a full silk corset, Gucci sunglasses, and a mini Hermès bag. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kylie Jenner Works a Corset for a Birthday Boat Ride in the South of France," 15 Aug. 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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The first known use of nautical was in 1552

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25 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Nautical.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 28 January 2020.

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How to pronounce nautical (audio)

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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