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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Try Cascade, an abstracted interpretation flowers bending in the wind, rendered in fluid brushstrokes of navy (Deep Blue), marigold (Sunbeam), or taupe (Clay). Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "The Perfect Floral Wallpaper for People Who Hate Florals," 19 Mar. 2019 Last year, the duchess wore a navy blue Beulah coat with a matching Lock & Co. hat and suede Rupert Sanderson pumps for the annual celebration. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kate Middleton Stuns in a Red Catherine Walker Coat at Westminster Abbey," 11 Mar. 2019 Her close-up selfie showed off a navy blue dress with a scalloped neckline and lace sleeves, perfect for an outdoor wedding. Halie Lesavage, Glamour, "Demi Lovato Was a Bridesmaid in Her Former Babysitter's Wedding This Weekend," 14 Jan. 2019 The Thai navy SEALs — along with the international team of divers who traveled to Mae Sai, the town nearest the cavern, to help — have quickly become immortalized as modern-day superheroes in various pieces of artwork. Rebecca Tan, Washington Post, "‘Hooyah, Hooyah, Hooyah’: Jubilation at Thai cave rescue spreads across the world," 10 July 2018 Three Thai navy SEALs and one medic who stayed with the boys will also be coming out of the cave. Thomas Maresca, USA TODAY, "Thai rescue mission: Third operation underway to retrieve four boys, soccer coach," 10 July 2018 The death Friday of a former Thai navy SEAL, Saman Gunan, underscored the risks. Author: Tassanee Vejpongsa, Kaweewit Kaewjinda, Anchorage Daily News, "4 rescued from Thai cave in risky operation; 9 remain inside," 9 July 2018 The death on Friday of a former Thai navy SEAL, Saman Gunan, underscored the risks of making the underwater journey. Tassanee Vejpongsa, BostonGlobe.com, "Thai crews aim to rescue kids from cave before rain hits," 7 July 2018 Opting for a dark and dramatic look, Victoria, 44, wore a form-fitting navy blue dress. Maria Pasquini, PEOPLE.com, "Victoria and David Beckham Walk Hand-in-Hand Into Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's Wedding," 19 May 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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