- the whole body of warships and auxiliaries belonging to a country or ruler.
- (often initial capital letter) the complete body of such warships together with their officers and enlisted personnel, equipment, yards, etc., constituting the sea power of a nation.
- (often initial capital letter) the department of government charged with its management.
- navy blue.
- Archaic. a fleet of ships.
Origin of navy
Examples from the Web for 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
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
- the warships and auxiliary vessels of a nation or ruler
- the navy (often capital) the branch of a country's armed services comprising such ships, their crews, and all their supporting services and equipment
- short for navy blue
- archaic, or literary a fleet of ships
- (as modifier)a navy custom
Word Origin and History for navies
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.