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admiralty

[ad-mer-uh l-tee] /ˈæd mər əl ti/
noun, plural admiralties.
1.
the office or jurisdiction of an admiral.
2.
the officials or the department of state having charge of naval affairs, as in Great Britain.
3.
a court dealing with maritime questions, offenses, etc.
4.
maritime law.
5.
the Admiralty, the official building, in London, of the British commissioners for naval affairs.
adjective
6.
of or pertaining to admiralty law.
Origin
1300-1350
1300-50; Middle English amiralty < Middle French. See admiral, -ty2
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  • Its an interesting juxtaposition of the land and the law of admiralty.
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British Dictionary definitions for admiralty

admiralty

/ˈædmərəltɪ/
noun (pl) -ties
1.
the office or jurisdiction of an admiral
2.
  1. jurisdiction over naval affairs
  2. (as modifier): admiralty law
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Word Origin and History for admiralty
n.

"naval branch of English executive," early 15c., from Old French amiralte, from amirail (see admiral).

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