Definition of nautical in English:



  • Of or concerning sailors or navigation; maritime.

    ‘nautical charts’
    • ‘The earliest printed cards sported a nautical theme directed at sailors, who were heavy tobacco users.’
    • ‘Roy has previously designed a range of prestigious sailing trophies and other nautical pieces.’
    • ‘All things nautical will be on show at Lancaster's Maritime Festival, probably the highlight of the weekend locally.’
    • ‘If one did not wish to sail or indulge in nautical activities, that was accepted.’
    • ‘The nautical atmosphere was the product of library-hours, not sea-miles.’
    • ‘He eventually took over his mothers fleet of ships and appeared to inherit her nautical skills.’
    • ‘But even if you don't bring your own boat, there's plenty of nautical activity on the island.’
    • ‘His love for things nautical, his business sense and his organizational skills live on in his son.’
    • ‘Inside, a compass hangs on the wall next to a nautical chart under a glass plate.’
    • ‘The language derives from a kind of nautical English that was spread throughout the Pacific by sailors.’
    • ‘And the jostling crowds just add to this wonderful nautical atmosphere.’
    • ‘The map was tacked next to the compass and he was pleased at how well he could still read a nautical chart.’
    • ‘It has a ‘small ship’ style to it that appeals to one's sense of nautical tradition.’
    • ‘Still on a nautical theme, the Tall Ship at Glasgow Harbour is well worth a look.’
    • ‘The increasing importance of astronomy in nautical navigation required further experiments.’
    • ‘Therefore many sailors would tattoo nautical stars on their forearms as a good luck symbol in hopes of returning home.’
    • ‘Newfoundland, perhaps more than the other Maritime Provinces, is overwhelmed with the nautical spirit.’
    • ‘Alesund is a busy little port with a strong nautical tradition on the west coast of Norway above Bergen.’
    • ‘As in most genres of art, the nautical or marine artist is a risk taker.’
    • ‘Apart from the nautical activities, the Naval personnel took part in a sport day before heading out to sea on their various deployments again.’
    maritime, marine, naval, seafaring, seagoing, ocean-going
    yachting, boating, sailing
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Mid 16th century: from French nautique, or via Latin from Greek nautikos, from nautēs sailor from naus ship.