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British Dictionary definitions for merchant navy

merchant navy

merchant marine

noun
  1. the ships or crew engaged in a nation's commercial shipping
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  • The merchant-navy of England was fast widening its sphere of commerce.

    History of the English People

    John Richard Green

  • A fresh sally on the part of the fleet did not suffice to protect the merchant-navy, the losses of which were considerable.