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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And this week searches were up 210 percent over the same period last year, with the most viewed color being Mr. Southgate’s chosen navy. New York Times, "How Gareth Southgate Made the Waistcoat a Surprise World Cup M.V.P.," 13 July 2018 The ceremony was capped with their commander leading a rousing round of the navy cheer 'Hooyah!' that became a trademark of their never-say-die effort to extricate the boys. Fox News, "Mission accomplished and boys healthy, rescuers head home," 13 July 2018 One is the Herbaceous Longshoreman ($14), with spirits that include navy-strength gin and green chartreuse, plus citrus and egg whites with hibiscus-blueberry tea garnish. Carol Deptolla, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Reopening after break, Meraki marks new menu with a half-price night," 12 July 2018 As people celebrated, many also took time to remember former Thai navy SEAL Saman Kunan, who died Friday placing air tanks in the cave system in preparation for the rescue that would come two days later. George Styllis,, "From mission impossible to mission accomplished: Thailand rejoices as last boys rescued from cave," 11 July 2018 In honor of Miami Swim Week, Lawrence was rocking a navy bikini while crowdsourcing for activities happening in the area. Blake Bakkila,, "Iskra Lawrence Refuses to Apologize for This Unedited Photo of Her Butt and Cellulite," 11 July 2018 Prior to the bill's passage, navy veterans suffering from presumptive conditions associated with exposure to Agent Orange were denied VA benefits. Denise Coffey, Courant Community, "Rep. Joe Courtney Talks At Chamber Breakfast," 11 July 2018 Clad in a navy blue prison uniform and orange rubber slip-on shoes, Padilla was shackled when escorted into the courtroom by U.S. Marshals. Patrick Danner, San Antonio Express-News, "Federal suit against disgraced Tundra Village developer goes to trial," 11 July 2018 Belgium and the Netherlands have shared a navy for 22 years. Elisabeth Braw, WSJ, "Europe’s Little Alliances Can Help Bolster NATO," 10 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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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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