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 This statistic was lackluster for a world-class navy, and in an effort to rectify the situation, the Navy created the U.S. Navy Fighter Weapons School, popularly known as TOPGUN. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, 15 July 2021 Right now, the Women's Tree Pipers come in the three neutral colors — Kaikoura White, Luna (a gray color), and Moonrise (a deep navy). Elizabeth Rhodes, Travel + Leisure, 1 July 2021 The knee-length style comes in 13 colors, including a dark navy with flowers and an emerald green with light blue floral accents. Lauren Rearick, Southern Living, 21 June 2021 More than a century ago, the great American strategist Alfred T. Mahan stressed the need for a powerful navy to secure the American hemisphere from external threat and to support the promotion of American trade and values. Nr Editors, National Review, 27 May 2021 The Russian navy already has a major presence in the Mediterranean Sea, with a naval base in the Syrian port of Tartus, currently the only such facility that Russia has outside the former Soviet Union. Star Tribune, 2 June 2021 In March, the Russian navy surfaced three submarines simultaneously through pack ice and, lest the feat go unnoticed, filmed it with a drone and posted the footage online., 22 May 2021 While no navy can ever have enough torpedoes, in aggregate, the proliferation of smaller torpedoes have made the Mk 48’s business case far less viable. Craig Hooper, Forbes, 18 Mar. 2021 The Miyako Strait is the Chinese navy’s main portal to the Philippine Sea. David Axe, Forbes, 17 June 2021

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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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22 Jul 2021

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“Navy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 31 Jul. 2021.

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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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