noun, plural navies.
the whole body of warships and auxiliaries belonging to a country or ruler.
(often initial capital letter) the complete body of such warships together with their officers and enlisted personnel, equipment, yards, etc., constituting the sea power of a nation.
(often initial capital letter) the department of government charged with its management.
Archaic. a fleet of ships.

1300–50; Middle English navie < Middle French < Vulgar Latin *navia, equivalent to Latin nāv(is) ship + -ia -y3

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navy (ˈneɪvɪ)
n , pl -vies
1.  the warships and auxiliary vessels of a nation or ruler
2.  (often capital) the navy the branch of a country's armed services comprising such ships, their crews, and all their supporting services and equipment
3.  short for navy blue
4.  archaic, literary or a fleet of ships
5.  (as modifier): a navy custom
[C14: via Old French from Vulgar Latin nāvia (unattested) ship, from Latin nāvis ship]

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Word Origin & History

early 14c., "fleet of ships, especially for purposes of war," from O.Fr. navie "fleet, ship," from L. navigia, pl. of navigium "vessel, boat," from navis "ship" (see naval). Meaning "a nation's collective, organized sea power" is from 1540. The O.E. words were sciphere (usually
of Viking invaders) and scipfierd (usually of the home defenses). Navy blue was the color of the British naval uniform.
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