navy

noun
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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The navy expects the ship to float again in five or six weeks. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Watch Salvagers Raise a Sunken Norwegian Frigate," 5 Mar. 2019 Yet Mr Neumann, a veteran of the Israeli navy, also has a reputation for being an intense and demanding businessman. The Economist, "Big corporates’ quest to be hip is helping WeWork," 12 July 2018 The dark palette of navy blue, black and gray was inspired by paintings in Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum and included contrasts of deep cerulean blue, vermillion red and saffron yellow. Colleen Barry, The Seattle Times, "For Prada, black nylon is a safe haven in a storm," 14 Jan. 2018 Accompanied by Prince Harry, Meghan wore navy to the service, and arrived next to Kate Middleton, quashing feud rumors. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle Stuns in Head-to-Toe Victoria Beckham at the Christmas Day Church Service," 25 Dec. 2018 To the American navy, planes based at sea were scouts, the eyes and ears of fleets equipped with battleships and cruisers. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "As It Begins Its Second Century, Is the Aircraft Carrier Obsolete?," 5 Nov. 2018 In fact, commercially available drones have become so sophisticated that even Western militaries have begun to acquire them, including the Dutch and German navies and the US Special Operations Command. Ulrike Franke, The Verge, "The Caracas drone attack won’t be the last of its kind," 17 Aug. 2018 If the progressive movement is a navy, they’re trying to take out our aircraft carriers,’ said Ben Wikler, Washington director of the liberal activist group MoveOn.org. Rachel Van Dongen, Washington Post, "The Daily 202: One Republican senator has the power to defeat Trump's Supreme Court nominee," 2 July 2018 The key is that the blue in question is neither basic navy nor that glaring cobalt every #menswear blogger in Pitti obsessed over at the beginning of the decade. Yang-yi Goh, GQ, "The Best Affordable Suit For Your Non-Stop Summer Schedule," 29 June 2018

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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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navy

noun

English Language Learners Definition of navy

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

navy

noun
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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