na·​vy | \ˈnā-vē \
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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Recent Examples on the Web

The man of the hour, Drake, chose not one, but two looks for the evening, rocking both a Los Angeles basketball jersey over a T-shirt as well as a full navy blue tracksuit. Avery Matera, Teen Vogue, "Drake Gave Chanel Bags as Favors at His Birthday Party," 26 Oct. 2018 Markle wore a loose-fitting navy coat dress by Givenchy, the fashion house that designed her wedding dress. Rebecca Jennings, Vox, "Confirming speculation at Friday’s royal wedding, Kensington Palace announced the news Monday.," 15 Oct. 2018 Meghan wore her hair down for the flight, forgoing her travel-friendly signature low bun, and wore a comfortable and concealing navy coat. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Have Arrived in Australia," 15 Oct. 2018 At launch, it’ll be offered in just the navy blue color starting at $599, with three months of YouTube TV. Natt Garun, The Verge, "The 5 biggest announcements from the Google Pixel 3 event," 9 Oct. 2018 Color Binge is full of drama with its monochromatic hues ranging from teal to deep navy. Monique Valeris, ELLE Decor, "Behr Paint Announces Its 2019 Color of the Year, and You'll Actually Want to Try It," 23 Aug. 2018 Most navies have only one or two such missile tracking ships. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Why a Chinese Spy Ship Is Hanging Out Next to Hawaii," 17 July 2018 Highlighting the dangers, a former Thai navy SEAL volunteering to work on the rescue died Friday while replenishing oxygen canisters placed along the escape route. Anchorage Daily News, "With V-for-Victory sign, rescued Thai boys celebrate freedom," 12 July 2018 Highlighting the dangers, a former Thai navy SEAL volunteering to work on the rescue efforts died Friday while replenishing oxygen canisters that were placed along the escape route. Kaweewit Kaewjinda,, "Kids rescued in Thailand lost weight, drank dripping water in cave," 11 July 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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The first known use of navy was in the 14th century

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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 \
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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