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[ney-vuh l]
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  1. of or relating to warships: a naval battle; naval strength.
  2. of or relating to ships of all kinds: naval architecture; naval engineer.
  3. belonging to, pertaining to, or connected with a navy: naval affairs.
  4. 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
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
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  1. of, relating to, characteristic of, or having a navy
  2. of or relating to ships; nautical
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Word Origin

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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