One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
nounPlural Admiralties, Plural admiralties
1The rank or office of an admiral.
- ‘Both men had obtained the admiralty rank at a relatively young age.’
- ‘The novels take him all the way to the admiralty, which I hope means we have many more films to come.’
The jurisdiction of courts of law over cases concerning ships or the sea and other navigable waters; maritime law.
- ‘Oh, it was a wonderful intellectual experience; we had cases in admiralty and immigration, complex state statutes and federal regulations.’
- ‘Within each department, the firm works in areas like investment funds, structured products, banking, information technology/e-commerce, commercial property, insurance litigation, defamation and admiralty.’
- ‘Equally disturbing to many, Parliament routed execution of these new laws through admiralty courts, where a judge would preside.’
- ‘There are some difficult questions of that sort as to how one deals with what law applies at sea in the absence of admiralty…’
- ‘So the very purpose of proceedings within the admiralty jurisdiction is in respect of a general maritime cause which includes the provision of security.’
3The department of the British government that once administered the Royal Navy.
- ‘During 13 months of research, he delved into records at the Ministry of Defence and the Admiralty.’
- ‘The Admiralty gave the order for the convoy to scatter.’
- ‘He established his HQ at Northways, close enough, but not too close, to the Admiralty.’
- ‘Communications between detached fleets and the Admiralty often took weeks, if not months.’
- ‘By the start of the war, the Royal Navy did have submarines but the Admiralty dictated how they should be used.’
- ‘In 1970 the Admiralty abolished the rum ration within the Royal Navy, apparently on health grounds.’
- ‘It was designed by the naval architect George Taylor and built by the Admiralty in 1831 as a place of worship for men employed in the Dockyard.’
- ‘Toward the end of 1916 Jellicoe became first sea lord of the Admiralty.’
- ‘Instead, hostilities found him posted first to the naval intelligence division of the Admiralty and then to the Royal Air Force.’
- ‘Owing to the danger of capture by the enemy both the Admiralty and Navy Board insisted that all storeships sailed in convoy.’
- ‘Crick was working on magnetic mines for the Admiralty while Jim was a very young student at the University of Chicago.’
- ‘At Jutland Bank the British Admiralty wished to intercept the German fleet as it left its home port.’
- ‘Bell also gives credit to the Admiralty's planning for a war against Germany.’
- ‘The Sea Lords at the Admiralty tend to take a dim view of captains who drive into objects they ought to steer round.’
- ‘To conduct a maritime war in distant seas the Admiralty had to be able to transport naval stores to squadrons operating from remote stations.’
- ‘As First Lord of the Admiralty, Churchill re-introduced the convoy system in 1939’
- ‘However, the Admiralty protested about the misuse of destroyers.’
- ‘He was a tired man in December 1916 when he was transferred to the Admiralty as 1st sea lord.’
- ‘This information rang alarm bells in the Admiralty, and as a result the Allied fleet was put on alert for a major engagement.’
- ‘Though the submarine was usually a lone fighter, the Admiralty still believed that it could be used with the Grand Fleet.’
Late Middle English: from Old French admiralte, from admirail ‘emir, leader’ (see admiral).
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