na·val | \ˈnā-vəl \

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

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Although his father, a career naval officer, wanted John Schlosser to follow in his footsteps at the United States Naval Academy, poor eyesight kept him out. Lisa Deaderick,, "Leading a local council to teach people about the world around them," 14 July 2018 The festival, featuring live music, carnival rides, bingo, military exhibits and food, runs over Tuesday and Wednesday at Naval Station Great Lakes’s Ross Field, surrounded by the naval base, which has buildings dating back to 1906. Emily K. Coleman, Lake County News-Sun, "Naval Station Great Lakes July 4th festival complete with carnival rides, live music, fireworks," 4 July 2018 Mattis’ visit comes after the Pentagon disinvited China’s military from a major naval exercise in the Pacific, a snub meant to protest the island buildup. Tracy Wilkinson,, "Under Trump, America's influence in the western Pacific may be on the decline," 29 June 2018 The world's largest (and longest-running) multinational naval exercise began its 2018 edition yesterday, June 27, in Hawaii and southern California. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "China's Not Coming to America's Big Pacific War Games This Time," 28 June 2018 Kurita’s horizontal rain and naval-ensign sun were among the first 176 emoji. Virginia Heffernan, WIRED, "The Delicate Art of Creating New Emoji," 28 June 2018 The squid pair spent the night with him in the naval base parking lot, glistening under the quiet stars as fireworks lit the skies ablaze an ocean away. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian, "Operation Calamari: How the Smithsonian Got Its Giant Squids," 21 June 2018 The heir presumptive was just 13 at the time — five years younger than the naval cadet — but quickly fell in love. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "Prince Louis's Christening Date Has a Special Meaning to the Royal Family," 20 June 2018 Dillon then became a doctor and eventually served as a naval doctor. National Geographic, "12 Historic LGBTQ Figures Who Changed the World," 18 June 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of naval

: of or relating to a country's navy


na·val | \ˈnā-vəl \

Kids Definition of naval

: of or relating to a navy or warships naval vessels

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