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admiralty

[ad-mer-uh l-tee]
noun, plural ad·mi·ral·ties.
  1. the office or jurisdiction of an admiral.
  2. the officials or the department of state having charge of naval affairs, as in Great Britain.
  3. a court dealing with maritime questions, offenses, etc.
  4. maritime law.
  5. the Admiralty, the official building, in London, of the British commissioners for naval affairs.
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adjective
  1. of or relating to admiralty law.
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Origin of admiralty

1300–50; Middle English amiralty < Middle French. See admiral, -ty2
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admiralty

noun plural -ties
  1. the office or jurisdiction of an admiral
    1. jurisdiction over naval affairs
    2. (as modifier)admiralty law
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Word Origin and History for admiralty

n.

"naval branch of English executive," early 15c., from Old French amiralte, from amirail (see admiral).

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