nau·​ti·​cal ˈnȯ-ti-kəl How to pronounce nautical (audio)
: of, relating to, or associated with seamen, navigation, or ships
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nautically adverb

Examples of nautical in a Sentence

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Word History


Latin nauticus, from Greek nautikos, from nautēs sailor, from naus ship — more at nave

First Known Use

1552, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of nautical was in 1552

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“Nautical.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2024.

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nau·​ti·​cal ˈnȯt-i-kəl How to pronounce nautical (audio)
: of or relating to sailors, navigation, or ships
nautically adverb

from Latin nauticus "nautical," from Greek nautikos (same meaning), from nautēs "sailor," from naus "ship" — related to astronaut, nausea see Word History at nausea

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