Definition of nautical in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈnôdək(ə)l/


Of or concerning sailors or navigation; maritime: nautical charts
More example sentences
  • Therefore many sailors would tattoo nautical stars on their forearms as a good luck symbol in hopes of returning home.
  • The earliest printed cards sported a nautical theme directed at sailors, who were heavy tobacco users.
  • The increasing importance of astronomy in nautical navigation required further experiments.



Pronunciation: /ˈnôdək(ə)lē/
Example sentences
  • Or, if you're nautically inclined, you could board a big river cruise boat.
  • The restaurant is nautically themed, solidly fitted out as different decks with lots of yacht varnished wood.
  • The marine industry, the marine leisure sector and marine tourism are ‘riding the crest of a wave’, nautically speaking.


Mid 16th century: from French nautique, or via Latin from Greek nautikos, from nautēs 'sailor', from naus 'ship'.

Words that rhyme with nautical

aeronautical, vortical

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Syllabification: nau·ti·cal

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