[ ney-vuh l ]
/ ˈneɪ vəl /


of or relating to warships: a naval battle; naval strength.
of or relating to ships of all kinds: naval architecture; naval engineer.
belonging to, pertaining to, or connected with a navy: naval affairs.
possessing a navy: the great naval powers.

Origin of naval

1585–95; < Latin nāvālis, equivalent to nāv(is) ship + -ālis -al1

Related forms

na·val·ly, adverbnon·na·val, adjectivepre·na·val, adjectivepro·na·val, adjective

Can be confused

knave naval nave (see synonym study at knave)naval navelnaval nautical Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for naval


/ (ˈneɪvəl) /


of, relating to, characteristic of, or having a navy
of or relating to ships; nautical

Word Origin for naval

C16: from Latin nāvālis, from nāvis ship; related to Greek naus, Old Norse nōr ship, Sanskrit nau
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