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[naw-ti-kuh l, not-i-] /ˈnɔ tɪ kəl, ˈnɒt ɪ-/
of or relating to sailors, ships, or navigation:
nautical terms.
Origin of nautical
1545-55; < Latin nautic(us) pertaining to ships or sailors (< Greek nautikós, equivalent to naû(s) ship + -tikos -tic) + -al1
Related forms
[naw-ti-kal-i-tee, not-i-] /ˌnɔ tɪˈkæl ɪ ti, ˌnɒt ɪ-/ (Show IPA),
nautically, adverb
nonnautical, adjective
nonnautically, adverb
unnautical, adjective
Can be confused
naval, nautical.
seagoing, marine, maritime. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for nautical
  • If you're of a nautical bent, you already know the answer.
  • nautical maps can inspire seaside daydreams as well as provide a wealth of information for safe sailing.
  • Enchanted by a symbol for a whirlpool on a nautical chart, best-selling.
  • He suggested hanging buoys, yacht pennants, and old lighthouse lanterns to telegraph nautical charm.
  • Users of the system no longer rely on traditional paper nautical charts.
  • As nautical traditions go, sock burning is hardly distinguished, nor is it widespread.
  • nautical charts feature information about the sea, such as depth and behavior of the water in particular areas.
  • She was the embodiment of a bygone and more romantic nautical era.
  • Hazard spotting has always been an important component of nautical charting.
  • Three perfectly placed mirrors in this family room create an oceanfront feel few nautical paintings could pull off.
British Dictionary definitions for nautical


of, relating to, or involving ships, navigation, or sailors
Derived Forms
nautically, adverb
Word Origin
C16: from Latin nauticus, from Greek nautikos, from naus ship
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Word Origin and History for nautical

1550s, from -al (1) + nautic from Middle French nautique, from Latin nauticus "pertaining to ships or sailors," from Greek nautikos "seafaring, naval," from nautes "sailor," from naus "ship," from PIE *nau- "boat" (see naval).

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