na·​vy | \ ˈnā-vē How to pronounce navy (audio) \
plural navies

Definition of navy

1 : a group of ships : fleet
2 : a nation's ships of war and of logistic support
3 often capitalized : the complete naval establishment of a nation including yards, stations, ships, and personnel
4 : a dark grayish purplish blue

Examples of navy in a Sentence

A similar submarine is used by several foreign navies. a career in the navy The shirt comes in black, white, and navy.
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Inspired by both brands’ affinity for the sun and sea, Serena & Lily in partnership with Gauthier-Stacy, developed a relaxed and breezy interior featuring navy and golden sand hues. Hannah Seligson, Town & Country, "The Best Room At... The Wauwinet," 9 Aug. 2019 Dressing aptly for the nautical theme, George wore a navy and white striped polo shirt with a black life vest layered on top. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Prince George and Princess Charlotte Make a Surprise Appearance at the King's Cup Regatta," 8 Aug. 2019 Southcom, which is headquartered in Florida, includes resources from the army, navy, air force, marines, and other agencies. Lila Maclellan, Quartz, "The Pentagon is testing powerful mass-surveillance balloons above six US states," 3 Aug. 2019 He was last seen wearing white and black athletic sandals, light-colored shorts, a navy or dark gray t-shirt and black framed glasses., "Beaverton police ask for help identifying man who took invasive photos at Nordstrom Rack," 22 July 2019 There was a brief standoff between the British navy and the Iranian Revolutionary Guard vessels recently. Aya Batrawy,, "Iran says its seizure of British ship a 'reciprocal' move," 20 July 2019 There was a brief standoff between the British navy and the Iranian Revolutionary Guard vessels recently. Time, "Iran Says Its Seizure of British Ship Was a 'Reciprocal' Move," 20 July 2019 The mountains were different shades of navy and deep green and threaded at their base by a silvery, cloud-like mist. Alli Harvey, Anchorage Daily News, "As Alaska burns, acts of caring — for yourself, and for others — might save your sanity," 11 July 2019 The girl was last seen around 11:30 a.m. Police are looking for a navy and tan 1999 Ford Econoline E150 van with the Alabama tag 11FP201. Howard Koplowitz |,, "Alabama AMBER alert: Authorities look for 2-year-old Catalina Chloe Rimpsey," 3 July 2019

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First Known Use of navy

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for navy

Middle English navie, from Anglo-French, from Latin navigia ships, from navigare

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English Language Learners Definition of navy

: the part of a country's military forces that fights at sea using ships, submarines, airplanes, etc.


na·​vy | \ ˈnā-vē How to pronounce navy (audio) \
plural navies

Kids Definition of navy

1 : the complete military organization of a nation for warfare at sea
2 : a dark blue

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