Definition of admiralty in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈadmərəltē/

noun (plural admiralties)

1The rank or office of an admiral.
Example sentences
  • Both men had obtained the admiralty rank at a relatively young age.
  • The novels take him all the way to the admiralty, which I hope means we have many more films to come.
2 Law The jurisdiction of courts of law over cases concerning ships or the sea and other navigable waters; maritime law.
Example sentences
  • So the very purpose of proceedings within the admiralty jurisdiction is in respect of a general maritime cause which includes the provision of security.
  • Within each department, the firm works in areas like investment funds, structured products, banking, information technology/e-commerce, commercial property, insurance litigation, defamation and admiralty.
  • Equally disturbing to many, Parliament routed execution of these new laws through admiralty courts, where a judge would preside.
3 (Admiralty) The department of the British government that once administered the Royal Navy.
Example sentences
  • In 1970 the Admiralty abolished the rum ration within the Royal Navy, apparently on health grounds.
  • During 13 months of research, he delved into records at the Ministry of Defence and the Admiralty.
  • Communications between detached fleets and the Admiralty often took weeks, if not months.


Late Middle English: from Old French admiralte, from admirail 'emir, leader' (see admiral).

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Syllabification: ad·mi·ral·ty

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