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 Last month, Mohammed Saeed Alshamrani, a Saudi flight student, opened fire at the naval air station before he was killed by responding law enforcement officers. Carlin Becker, Washington Examiner, "US to expel over a dozen Saudi trainees after review of Naval Air Station Pensacola shooting," 11 Jan. 2020 In her first term, Ms. Tsai sought to revive the island’s military in the face of a much larger, more ambitious project by Mr. Xi to modernize the People’s Liberation Army, particularly its ability to project naval power beyond its coastal waters. Steven Lee Myers, New York Times, "In Blow to Beijing, Taiwan Re-elects Tsai Ing-wen as President," 11 Jan. 2020 Last month, Beijing sailed its new aircraft carrier into the Taiwan Strait, which divides the island from mainland China, along with several naval frigates. James Griffiths, CNN, "Taiwan's President thanks electorate after winning reelection," 11 Jan. 2020 Pull your naval in towards your spine and bring your knees up to a table top position. Stephanie Mansour, NBC News, "Reformer Pilates: What it is, who it's best for and how to do some moves without the reformer," 10 Jan. 2020 In the midst of the Iran-Iraq war, the U.S. and Iran had just faced off in Operation Praying Mantis, a daylong naval battle between American forces and Iran in the Persian Gulf, which had been triggered by a U.S. ship striking an Iranian mine. Time, "The Iran Plane Crash Could Be the Latest in a Long History of Accidental Shoot-Downs," 10 Jan. 2020 Wang and Zhang are charged with entering military, naval or Coast Guard property for the purpose of taking photographs. Justin Rohrlich, Quartz, "Chinese nationals caught surveilling same US military base twice in 2 weeks," 7 Jan. 2020 Another rebel commander, Wager, belonged to a British naval captain who named him after—and employed him aboard—the H.M.S. Wager. Julian Lucas, Harper's magazine, "New Books," 6 Jan. 2020 The article also lists the technical challenges naval engineers faced, particularly with the ship’s unfinished—and largely absent—propulsion systems. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "A Dramatic Before-and-After Look at China's First Aircraft Carrier," 3 Jan. 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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16 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Naval.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 19 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of naval

: of or relating to a country's navy


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: of or relating to a navy or warships naval vessels

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