noun

Ancient Greek History
  • The commander of a fleet, an admiral; specifically the chief admiral of the Spartans.

Origin

Early 19th century; earliest use found in William Mitford (1744–1827), historian of ancient Greece. From ancient Greek ναύαρχος commander of a fleet, admiral, specifically the chief admiral of the Spartans from ναῦς ship + -αρχος.

Pronunciation

navarch

/ˈnavɑːk//ˈneɪvɑːk/