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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However, her stripes weren't your average navy and white or red and white ones. Tatum Dooley, Teen Vogue, "From Kiernan Shipka to Dua Lipa and Billie Eilish, These Are The Best Celebrity Looks You Missed This Weekend," 8 July 2019 Its navy, now the largest in Asia, is tasked with defending all that coastal wealth, but also with protecting shipping lanes that carry 85% of the country’s trade in goods by volume, as well as vital energy imports. The Economist, "China’s maritime expansion reflects a curious mix of ambition and paranoia," 4 July 2019 Likewise, what appeared to be a heinous fashion crime perpetrated by Washington Gov. Jay Inslee — accessorizing a navy blue suit with a forest green necktie — also turned out to be an exercise in personal branding. Adam Tschorn,, "The 2020 Democratic debates: A pop of red, a naked neck and a sea of navy blue," 28 June 2019 The groomsmen complemented Pratt’s outfit and rocked navy blue Armani suits. Nicole Saunders, Harper's BAZAAR, "Katherine Schwarzenegger Wore a Gorgeous Second Wedding Dress by Armani," 12 June 2019 Charlotte wriggles into her navy Jil Sander power suit, wrestling with the zipper that seems to be saying: Sorry, girl! David Canfield,, "Exclusive: The author of A Simple Favor is back with another juicy thriller," 5 June 2019 Its weapons were largely confiscated, and its navy stripped of large vessels. National Geographic, "How the Treaty of Versailles ended WWI and started WWII," 31 May 2019 Prasetya will begin field work with the Indonesian navy this week to try to better understand what occurred under water, and a team of international experts are expected to arrive soon to survey the area. Andi Jatmiko, The Seattle Times, "Indonesia expert warned of quake, gov’t mapped risk areas," 9 Oct. 2018 Queen Letizia offset the prim nature of the piece by pairing it with a simple navy knit top. Edward Barsamian, Vogue, "Queen Letizia of Spain Wears a Floral Midi-Skirt to Greet Ukraine’s President and First Lady," 4 June 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 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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