Definition of merchant navy in English:

merchant navy

Line breaks: mer|chant navy

noun

(often the merchant navy) British
  • A country’s commercial shipping, as opposed to that involved in military activity.
    More example sentences
    • 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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