- The definition of nautical is relating to ships, sailing, navigation on the water.
An example of nautical used as an adjective is the phrase "nautical breeze" which means a breeze coming from the sea.
A sailboat propelled by a nautical breeze.Licensed from iStockPhoto
Origin: Fr nautique from Classical Latin nauticus from Glassical Greek nautikos from nautēs, sailor, seaman from naus, a ship: see navy
- nautically adverb
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Origin: From Latin nauticus, from Greek nautikos, from nautēs, sailor, from naus, ship; see nāu- in Indo-European roots.
- nauˈti·cal·ly adverb