na·​val ˈnā-vəl How to pronounce naval (audio)
obsolete : of or relating to ships or shipping
: of or relating to a navy
: consisting of or involving warships

Examples of naval in a Sentence

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Word History


Middle English, from Latin navalis, from navis ship

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

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“Naval.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 May. 2024.

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na·​val ˈnā-vəl How to pronounce naval (audio)
: of or relating to a navy or warships

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