noun, plural na·vies.
Origin of navy
Examples from the Web for navies
Contemporary Examples of navies
When two navies came together, it was a collision, followed by boarding and a desperate, bloody fight at close quarters.The Day the Sea Ran Red: The Battle of Sluys
May 6, 2013
We are not dealing with nation states competing with each other in a fairly orderly way with armies, navies and air forces.Donald Rumsfeld on What Went Right
February 8, 2011
Historical Examples of navies
It is associated with armies and navies, and an unlimited police force.The Hunted Outlaw
This chapter will review the navies as they gather for action.
Jails and penitentiaries and armies and navies are not our best defence.The Wedding Ring
T. De Witt Talmage
The latter is the form used in the American and British navies.
The power of navies was therefore, then as now, but little understood.Admiral Farragut
A. T. Mahan
noun plural -vies
Word Origin for navy
early 14c., "fleet of ships, especially for purposes of war," from Old French navie "fleet, ship," from Latin navigia, plural of navigium "vessel, boat," from navis "ship" (see naval). Meaning "a nation's collective, organized sea power" is from 1530s. The Old English words were sciphere (usually of Viking invaders) and scipfierd (usually of the home defenses). Navy blue was the color of the British naval uniform. Navy bean attested from 1856, so called because they were grown to be used by the Navy.