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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Unlike Coral, though, which some might deem too electric for their homes, Chinese Porcelain is a hue that can look at home in virtually any space—just think of it as a slightly more interesting navy. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "PPG's Color of the Year Is...," 10 June 2019 Meghan Markle is putting in a chic appearance at Trooping the Colour 2019, wearing a navy Givenchy look by her wedding dress designer, Clare Waight Keller. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle Is Wearing a Third Ring on Her Ring Finger," 8 June 2019 Markle appeared in a chic navy midi-length dress with a matching hat and her hair in her signature low bun, plus what looks like a matching short-sleeved overcoat. Krystin Arneson, Glamour, "Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton's Trooping the Colour Outfits Nodded to Their Royal Weddings," 8 June 2019 With a defense budget that is second only to the U.S., China is amassing a navy that can circle the globe and developing state-of-the-art autonomous drones. David Pierson,, "Military spending is soaring in the Asia-Pacific region. Here’s why," 7 June 2019 Get our daily newsletter In a grim reminder of the operation’s dangers, Saman Gunan, an experienced former Thai navy SEAL, drowned while supplying air tanks. The Economist, "A cave rescue in Thailand shows Britain’s skill at spelunking," 11 July 2018 Twelve boys and their coach were rescued after being trapped in a cave during an 18-day ordeal that left a Thai navy SEAL dead. Charlotte Carroll,, "France's Paul Pogba Dedicates World Cup Semifinal Win to Rescued Thai Soccer Team," 10 July 2018 Highlighting the dangers, a former Thai navy SEAL died Friday while replenishing the canisters. Kaweewit Kaewjinda And Stephen Wright, The Christian Science Monitor, "After 18 days, entire Thai soccer team rescued from cave," 10 July 2018 The coach kept it real while sitting on the dais with a navy blue-and-white pinstriped shirt and dark blazer. Keith Pompey,, "Sixers want a LeBron James, Paul George-caliber star, but will they want the Sixers?," 30 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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