[naw-ti-kuhl, not-i-]
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Origin of nautical

1545–55; < Latin nautic(us) pertaining to ships or sailors (< Greek nautikós, equivalent to naû(s) ship + -tikos -tic) + -al1
Related formsnau·ti·cal·i·ty [naw-ti-kal-i-tee, not-i-] /ˌnɔ tɪˈkæl ɪ ti, ˌnɒt ɪ-/, nounnau·ti·cal·ly, adverbnon·nau·ti·cal, adjectivenon·nau·ti·cal·ly, adverbun·nau·ti·cal, adjective
Can be confusednaval nautical

Synonyms for nautical

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Examples from the Web for nautical

Contemporary Examples of nautical

  • Leave it to one of America's oldest artist colonies to put a uniquely creative spin on this nautical holiday tradition.

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    New England’s Crazy Christmas Tree Tradition

    Condé Nast Traveler

    December 21, 2013

  • Dana Kennedy on the nautical newcomers and diminishing glamour of St. Tropez and Monte Carlo.

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    Look Who's Yachting!

    Dana Kennedy

    August 16, 2010

Historical Examples of nautical

  • "Ten minutes more and it is too late," said the nautical passenger.

  • After this piece of nautical gallantry, the glass began to circulate.

    Homeward Bound

    James Fenimore Cooper

  • And, as usual, his nautical friend to interrupt and comment.

    Cap'n Warren's Wards

    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • Sears was excited now, and, as usual when excited, drifted into nautical phraseology.

    Fair Harbor

    Joseph Crosby Lincoln

  • In the evening we had our second nautical entertainment in honour of the day.

    The Last Voyage

    Lady (Annie Allnutt) Brassey

British Dictionary definitions for nautical


  1. of, relating to, or involving ships, navigation, or sailors
Derived Formsnautically, adverb

Word Origin for nautical

C16: from Latin nauticus, from Greek nautikos, from naus ship
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for nautical

1550s, from -al (1) + nautic from Middle French nautique, from Latin nauticus "pertaining to ships or sailors," from Greek nautikos "seafaring, naval," from nautes "sailor," from naus "ship," from PIE *nau- "boat" (see naval).

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