admiralty

[ad-mer-uhl-tee]
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:
1300–50; Middle English amiralty < Middle French. See admiral, -ty2

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admiralty (ˈædmərəltɪ)
 
n , pl -ties
1.  the office or jurisdiction of an admiral
2.  a.  jurisdiction over naval affairs
 b.  (as modifier): admiralty law

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