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 Mahinda Rajapaksa, along with other family members who served in senior government positions, were flown to the safety of a naval base. New York Times, 17 May 2022 Soviets gained western Karelia and began construction of a Soviet naval base on the Hanko Peninsula. Camille Fine, USA TODAY, 16 May 2022 France opened a major overseas naval base in Abu Dhabi. Isabel Debre, The Christian Science Monitor, 15 May 2022 Russia annexed Crimea, a Ukrainian peninsula on the Black Sea with an ethnic-Russian majority and a vital Russian naval base, in 2014. Los Angeles Times, 11 May 2022 The missile was fired at 2:07 p.m. local time from the Sinpo area, a central coastal region that is home to a North Korean naval base. Dasl Yoon, WSJ, 7 May 2022 These included a listening post in Cuba and a naval base in Vietnam. New York Times, 4 May 2022 Russian troops seized Crimea from Ukraine in 2014 and began using it as a naval base. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, 2 May 2022 Around the time of Russia's invasion of Ukraine, two pens of dolphins were placed at the entrance to Sevastopol harbor, the most significant naval base in the Black Sea, according to the imagery. Celina Tebor, USA TODAY, 29 Apr. 2022 See More

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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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22 May 2022

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“Naval.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 May. 2022.

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: of or relating to a navy or warships naval vessels

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