naval

[ ney-vuh l ]
/ ˈneɪ vəl /

adjective

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.

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Origin of naval

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

OTHER WORDS FROM naval

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

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH naval

knave naval nave (see synonym study at knave)naval navelnaval nautical
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British Dictionary definitions for naval

naval
/ (ˈneɪvəl) /

adjective

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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