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naval Line breaks: naval
Pronunciation: /ˈneɪv(ə)l/

Definition of naval in English:


Relating to a navy or navies: a naval base a naval officer
More example sentences
  • I would like to study about the naval history between the Japanese and the Royal Navy.
  • He is also an avid historian and often conducts tours of the historical naval base.
  • The harbour at Suda Bay was the largest in the Mediterranean Sea and an ideal base for naval operations.



Example sentences
  • At that time Britain led the world economically, technologically and militarily (or at least navally).
  • One member to revolt was Thasos, a rich and navally powerful island which controlled parts of nearby Thrace.
  • At that time, England was navally inferior to Holland.


Late Middle English: from Latin navalis, from navis 'ship'.

Words that rhyme with naval


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