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Definition of merchant navy in English:
noun(often the merchant navy) British
A country’s commercial shipping, as opposed to that involved in military activity.
- In 1918 he joined the merchant navy, then did military service before returning to Paris in 1922.
- He was a scout messenger during the war and then spent 15 years in the merchant navy.
- In her old age the Cutty Sark became a merchant navy training ship.
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