navy

[ ney-vee ]
/ ˈneɪ vi /

noun, plural na·vies.

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.
Archaic. a fleet of ships.

Origin of navy

1300–50; Middle English navie < Middle French < Vulgar Latin *navia, equivalent to Latin nāv(is) ship + -ia -y3

Related forms

pro·na·vy, adjective
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navy

/ (ˈneɪvɪ) /

noun plural -vies

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 for navy

C14: via Old French from Vulgar Latin nāvia (unattested) ship, from Latin nāvis ship
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