Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English


English definition of “the merchant navy”

the merchant navy

noun [S]     UK (US the merchant marine)
the ships of a country that are used for trading and not for fighting Passenger, cargo and military shipsBoats and sailing craftTraders, merchants and entrepreneursPeople who sell thingsPeople who buy things
(Definition of the merchant navy noun from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
Focus on the pronunciation of the merchant navy

Definitions of “the merchant navy” in other dictionaries

Translations of “the merchant navy”

Word of the Day


to pour liquid slowly over something, especially in a thin line or in small drops

Word of the Day


Read our blog about how the English language behaves.

Learn More

New Words

Find words and meanings that have just started to be used in English, and let us know what you think of them.

Learn More