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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Recent Examples on the Web The Philippines navy, however, will participate in the multilateral RIMPAC exercises in Hawaii this month. Washington Examiner, "Mark Esper details 'vigorous' Defense Department reorientation to confront China’s rise," 5 Aug. 2020 The color is a true navy and the bed is very stable. Courtney Thompson, CNN Underscored, "The most beloved beds on Wayfair under $700," 4 Aug. 2020 Nordstrom has plenty of cozy footwear for the younger set, like these UGG Canoe waterproof sneakers, which are available in a chic navy color and are on sale for $44.90. Nicole Briese, USA TODAY, "Nordstrom is offering great deals on back-to-school essentials—shop our top picks," 30 July 2020 For his part, the groom chose a navy three-piece suit, paired with a bright blue tie. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Eleonore von Habsburg Weds Race Driver Jérôme d’Ambrosio in Low-Key Royal Wedding," 23 July 2020 The Academy Award winner dressed to the nines in a navy dress by Gabriela Hearst with sandals by Valentino, and carried a handbag by Celine. Barry Samaha, Harper's BAZAAR, "Angelina Jolie Changes the Rules of Summer Dressing in a Sophisticated Frock," 15 July 2020 Torn between a crisp navy-and-gold lace suit or a severe black morning coat, Charles Francis Adams fretted over his first day of work. Sara Georgini, Smithsonian Magazine, "The American Scion Who Secured British Neutrality in the U.S. Civil War," 16 Jan. 2020 Photos posted by police showed students in white-and-navy school uniforms being ferried in inflatable rafts and wheel loaders, before they were rushed to the test site on buses. Eva Dou, Washington Post, "In flooded China town, students cling to tractors to get to college entrance exam," 8 July 2020 Located on the Bund, the hotel is known for its flawless service and its 13,000-square-foot spa, which was designed to look and feel like an Art Deco sanctuary from the 1930s, with plenty of dark wood accents and a sharp navy-and-white color scheme. John Wogan, Travel + Leisure, "The Top Hotels in Shanghai," 8 July 2020

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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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14 Aug 2020

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“Navy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Aug. 2020.

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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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