Noun Admiralty Definition and Examples







(in the UK) the government department that administered the Royal Navy, now incorporated in the Ministry of Defence and current only in titles.
  1. 'Owing to the danger of capture by the enemy both the Admiralty and Navy Board insisted that all storeships sailed in convoy.'
  2. 'The Sea Lords at the Admiralty tend to take a dim view of captains who drive into objects they ought to steer round.'
  3. '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.'
  4. 'He established his HQ at Northways, close enough, but not too close, to the Admiralty.'
  5. 'Communications between detached fleets and the Admiralty often took weeks, if not months.'
  6. 'The Admiralty gave the order for the convoy to scatter.'
  7. 'To conduct a maritime war in distant seas the Admiralty had to be able to transport naval stores to squadrons operating from remote stations.'
  8. 'At Jutland Bank the British Admiralty wished to intercept the German fleet as it left its home port.'
  9. 'Instead, hostilities found him posted first to the naval intelligence division of the Admiralty and then to the Royal Air Force.'
  10. 'This information rang alarm bells in the Admiralty, and as a result the Allied fleet was put on alert for a major engagement.'
The jurisdiction of courts of law over cases concerning ships or the sea and other navigable waters.
  1. 'There are some difficult questions of that sort as to how one deals with what law applies at sea in the absence of admiralty…'
  2. 'Oh, it was a wonderful intellectual experience; we had cases in admiralty and immigration, complex state statutes and federal regulations.'
  3. '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.'
((n.) The office or jurisdiction of an admiral.|--|(n.) The department or officers having authority over naval affairs generally.|--|(n.) The court which has jurisdiction of maritime questions and offenses.|--|(n.) The system of jurisprudence of admiralty courts.|--|(n.) The building in which the lords of the admiralty, in England, transact business.|--|)

noun, plural admiralties.

1. the office or jurisdiction of an admiral.

2. the officials or the department of state having charge of naval affairs, as in Great Britain.

3. a court dealing with maritime questions, offenses, etc.

4. maritime law.

5. the Admiralty, the official building, in London, of the British commissioners for naval affairs. adjective

6. of or relating to admiralty law.


"There can be admiralty businesses."
"admiralties can be at times."

Late Middle English: from Old French admiralte, from admirail ‘emir, leader’ (see admiral).

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