Definition of Admiralty in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈadm(ə)r(ə)lti/

noun (plural Admiralties)

1(In the UK) the government department that administered the Royal Navy, now incorporated in the Ministry of Defence and current only in titles.
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.
2 (admiralty) [mass noun] Law The jurisdiction of courts of law over cases concerning ships or the sea and other navigable waters: it is necessary to issue a summons for directions in an admiralty case
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  • 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.


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

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