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noun,plural na·vies.
  1. the whole body of warships and auxiliaries belonging to a country or ruler.

  2. (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.

  1. (often initial capital letter) the department of government charged with its management.

  2. Archaic. a fleet of ships.

  1. belonging or connected to a navy; naval: navy vessels in the harbor;a navy officer with combat experience aboard a submarine.

  2. of the color navy blue: Either tie will look great with your navy suit.

Origin of navy

First recorded in 1300–50; Middle English navie, from Middle French, from unattested Vulgar Latin navia, equivalent to Latin nāv(is) “ship” + -ia noun suffix (see -y3)

Other words from navy

  • pro·na·vy, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for navy


/ (ˈneɪvɪ) /

nounplural -vies
  1. the warships and auxiliary vessels of a nation or ruler

  2. the navy (often capital) the branch of a country's armed services comprising such ships, their crews, and all their supporting services and equipment

  1. short for navy blue

  2. archaic, or literary a fleet of ships

  3. (as modifier): a navy custom

Origin of navy

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

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