[ 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.

Nearby words

  1. navaho,
  2. navaid,
  3. navajo,
  4. navajo mountain,
  5. navajos,
  6. naval academy,
  7. naval architecture,
  8. naval brass,
  9. naval mine,
  10. naval observatory

Origin of naval

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

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

Can be confusedknave 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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Word Origin and History for naval



early 15c., from Old French naval (14c.) and directly from Latin navalis "pertaining to a ship or ships," from navis "ship," from PIE *nau- "boat" (cf. Sanskrit nauh, accusative navam "ship, boat;" Armenian nav "ship;" Greek naus "ship," nautes "sailor;" Old Irish nau "ship;" Welsh noe "a flat vessel;" Old Norse nor "ship"). An Old English word for "naval" was scipherelic.

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