[ naw-ti-kuhl, not-i- ]
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  1. of or relating to sailors, ships, or navigation: nautical terms.

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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

Other words for nautical

Other words from nautical

  • nau·ti·cal·i·ty [naw-ti-kal-i-tee, not-i-], /ˌnɔ tɪˈkæl ɪ ti, ˌnɒt ɪ-/, noun
  • nau·ti·cal·ly, adverb
  • non·nau·ti·cal, adjective
  • non·nau·ti·cal·ly, adverb
  • un·nau·ti·cal, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for nautical


/ (ˈnɔːtɪkəl) /

  1. of, relating to, or involving ships, navigation, or sailors

Origin of nautical

C16: from Latin nauticus, from Greek nautikos, from naus ship

Derived forms of nautical

  • nautically, adverb

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