naval

adjective

na·​val ˈnā-vəl How to pronounce naval (audio)
1
obsolete : of or relating to ships or shipping
2
a
: of or relating to a navy
b
: consisting of or involving warships

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web This story was updated to include a comment from the deputy director of naval intelligence. WIRED, 31 Jan. 2023 Queen Elizabeth appoints Kate Middleton as a sponsor of the naval battleship HMS Glasglow. Aimée Lutkin, ELLE, 30 Jan. 2023 His mother worked in a jewelry store, as well as at Philadelphia’s naval shipyard during World War II. Alex Williams, BostonGlobe.com, 28 Jan. 2023 The concept was almost romantic, evoking images of naval trade routes and adventures at sea. Diane Brady, Forbes, 27 Jan. 2023 His mother worked in a jewelry store, as well as at Philadelphia’s naval shipyard during World War II. Alex Williams, New York Times, 27 Jan. 2023 The ice-class explorer, which recently hit the water in Antalya, Turkey, was penned in partnership with the naval architects at Azure Yacht Design and the extreme travel experts at EYOS Expeditions. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, 26 Jan. 2023 So began one of the longest dogfights in naval history, a 35-minute brawl that Williams survived with his peerless flying skills and ability to bring the MiGs into his gun sights. San Diego Union-Tribune, 20 Jan. 2023 Before Russia’s occupation, Moscow claimed that its military and naval bases in Crimea are the guarantors of security in the region. Time, 19 Jan. 2023 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Middle English, from Latin navalis, from navis ship

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of naval was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Naval.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/naval. Accessed 8 Feb. 2023.

Kids Definition

naval

adjective
na·​val ˈnā-vəl How to pronounce naval (audio)
: of or relating to a navy or warships

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