Definition of navel
- In Delphi's golden age, when the ancients held it to be the navel of the world
- —Henry Kamm
a city that likes to regard itself as the nation's navel of art and culture
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First Known Use: before 12th centurySee Words from the same year
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to lessen the seriousness or strength of
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