Definition of navy in English:

navy

Syllabification: na·vy
Pronunciation: /ˈnāvē
 
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noun (plural navies)

1 (often the navy or the Navy) The branch of a nation’s armed services that conducts military operations at sea.
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  • There were also brochures from the different sections of the military: the navy, army, marines, etc.
  • This problem extends into all branches of the Canadian Armed Forces: the navy, the air force and army.
  • Hundreds of the missiles are slated to be produced for the navy - the only branch of the military which has until now shown interest in purchasing the new weapons system.
1.1The ships of a navy: a 600-ship navy we built their navy
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  • In the Second World War carriers replaced battleships as the capital ships of modern navies because aircraft could perform the functions of naval guns more effectively.
  • It gives the audience a gritty, detailed, and carefully researched view of daily life and deadly combat aboard a ship of Nelson's navy.
  • No ship in Victoria's navy was as well supplied with wine, pickles, and preserves as Challenger.
1.2 literary A fleet of ships.
2 (also navy blue) A dark blue color: [as modifier]: a navy-blue suit
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  • The girls are all demurely dressed in pleated navy blue skirts with pale blue and white sailor tops.
  • I put my face gently against his chest and wept openly onto his dark navy blue shirt.
  • He was wearing dark riding breeches, which were either a very dark navy blue, or black.
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Origin

late Middle English (in the sense 'ships collectively, fleet'): from Old French navie 'ship, fleet', from popular Latin navia 'ship', from Latin navis 'ship'.

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