na·​val | \ ˈnā-vəl How to pronounce naval (audio) \

Definition of naval

1 obsolete : of or relating to ships or shipping
2a : of or relating to a navy
b : consisting of or involving warships

Examples of naval in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Eleven days after a violent mob attacked the U.S. Capitol, Vice President Mike Pence boasted during a speech in at a naval base in California that America started no wars during President Trump’s administration. Dustin Gardiner,, "Pence, in California speech, glorifies Trump foreign policy with no mention of insurrection," 16 Jan. 2021 Thacker, who arrived on the island of Oahu as Japanese warplanes devastated the U.S. naval base there, would soon be dropping bombs of his own. Star Tribune, "Robert Thacker, 102, dies; survived Pearl Harbor to fly in 3 wars," 26 Dec. 2020 In Japan, a burger outlet near a U.S. naval base followed a long tradition of naming a burger after every sitting American president by adding the Biden Burger to its menu. Shibani Mahtani, Washington Post, "As Biden nears victory, world hopes for an end to American isolationism," 7 Nov. 2020 In one racial flashpoint in the early 1920s, white sailors from a nearby naval base surrounded and threatened Black residents of a boarding house. NBC News, "Black couple didn't provoke shooting by police, relative says," 23 Oct. 2020 Starting in the 1940s, U.S. naval operations, along San Diego Bay, cut off resident access to the beaches along the waterfront. Eduardo Díaz, Smithsonian Magazine, "Fifty Years Ago, Fed Up With the City’s Neglect, a San Diego Community Rose Up to Create Chicano Park," 28 Apr. 2020 Tensions were further raised after an April incident, when about a dozen Iranian naval vessels approached a group of U.S. ships in the Arabian Gulf. Zachary Halaschak, Washington Examiner, "US flies bombers over Middle East as anniversary of Soleimani killing approaches," 30 Dec. 2020 Even the Foreign Office, which sees itself as the bastion of rational, self-interested diplomacy, is infused with semi-mythical visions of naval glory against a European enemy. Tom Mctague, The Atlantic, "Why Britain’s Brexit Mayhem Was Worth It," 24 Dec. 2020 In late 2015, Paris sent its flagship to head the U.S. naval task force countering the terrorist organization, the first time a foreign ship had held such a role. James Marson, WSJ, "With New Aircraft Carrier, France Looks to Bolster Military Ties With U.S.," 23 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of naval

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for naval

Middle English, from Latin navalis, from navis ship

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The first known use of naval was in the 15th century

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22 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Naval.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of naval

: of or relating to a country's navy


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Kids Definition of naval

: of or relating to a navy or warships naval vessels

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