[naw-ti-kuhl, not-i-]


of or relating to sailors, ships, or navigation: nautical terms.

Nearby words

  1. nauseously,
  2. nausicaä,
  3. naut.,
  4. nautch,
  5. nautes,
  6. nautical day,
  7. nautical mile,
  8. nauticality,
  9. nautically,
  10. nautiloid

Origin of nautical

1545–55; < Latin nautic(us) pertaining to ships or sailors (< Greek nautikós, equivalent to naû(s) ship + -tikos -tic) + -al1

Related forms
Can be confusednaval nautical Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for nautical



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

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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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