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.
Recent Examples on the Web The commanders of the Russian navy’s Black Sea Fleet are scared to send their surviving surface warships beyond sight of the Crimean coast. David Axe, Forbes, 18 Aug. 2022 For instance, there are efforts to get Ukraine more sophisticated anti-ship missiles, to drive the Russian navy further from the Ukrainian coast off Odesa. New York Times, 15 June 2022 The Russian navy effectively controls all traffic in the northern third of the Black Sea, according to U.S. intelligence assessments. Amy Cheng, Washington Post, 3 June 2022 When Russia invaded Ukraine in late February, there was a possibility that the Russian navy might launch an assault on Ukraine's southwestern coast from the sea. ABC News, 1 June 2022 At a news conference in Bahrain on Tuesday, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that if Ukraine de-mined its coastal waters, then the Russian navy would guarantee grain-bearing ships’ passage. Patrick J. Mcdonnell, Los Angeles Times, 31 May 2022 Russia's Defense Ministry said the Russian navy successfully launched a new hypersonic missile from the Barents Sea. Yuras Karmanau,, 28 May 2022 The article claimed the Russian navy may have recirculated old images of the Moskva's crew to suggest more sailors made it off the ship unharmed than really did. Henry Klapper, CNN, 10 May 2022 Like David’s smooth stone that slew Goliath, two Ukrainian Neptune missiles sank the flagship of the Russian navy in the Black Sea. Roger Wicker, WSJ, 4 May 2022 See More

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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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Oct. 2022.

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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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