Meaning of Admiralty in English:


Pronunciation /ˈadm(ə)r(ə)lti/

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nounplural noun Admiralties

  • 1(in the UK) the government department that administered the Royal Navy, now incorporated in the Ministry of Defence and current only in titles.

    ‘In 1970 the Admiralty abolished the rum ration within the Royal Navy, apparently on health grounds.’
    • ‘During 13 months of research, he delved into records at the Ministry of Defence and the Admiralty.’
    • ‘Communications between detached fleets and the Admiralty often took weeks, if not months.’
    • ‘Toward the end of 1916 Jellicoe became first sea lord of the Admiralty.’
    • ‘By the start of the war, the Royal Navy did have submarines but the Admiralty dictated how they should be used.’
    • ‘Bell also gives credit to the Admiralty's planning for a war against Germany.’
    • ‘Crick was working on magnetic mines for the Admiralty while Jim was a very young student at the University of Chicago.’
    • ‘This information rang alarm bells in the Admiralty, and as a result the Allied fleet was put on alert for a major engagement.’
    • ‘He established his HQ at Northways, close enough, but not too close, to the Admiralty.’
    • ‘Owing to the danger of capture by the enemy both the Admiralty and Navy Board insisted that all storeships sailed in convoy.’
    • ‘He was a tired man in December 1916 when he was transferred to the Admiralty as 1st sea lord.’
    • ‘The Sea Lords at the Admiralty tend to take a dim view of captains who drive into objects they ought to steer round.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘At Jutland Bank the British Admiralty wished to intercept the German fleet as it left its home port.’
    • ‘Though the submarine was usually a lone fighter, the Admiralty still believed that it could be used with the Grand Fleet.’
    • ‘The Admiralty gave the order for the convoy to scatter.’
    • ‘As First Lord of the Admiralty, Churchill re-introduced the convoy system in 1939’
    • ‘Instead, hostilities found him posted first to the naval intelligence division of the Admiralty and then to the Royal Air Force.’
    • ‘To conduct a maritime war in distant seas the Admiralty had to be able to transport naval stores to squadrons operating from remote stations.’
    • ‘However, the Admiralty protested about the misuse of destroyers.’
  • 2

    (also admiralty)
    mass noun The jurisdiction of courts of law over cases concerning ships or the sea and other navigable waters.

    ‘it is necessary to issue a summons for directions in an admiralty case’
    • ‘So the very purpose of proceedings within the admiralty jurisdiction is in respect of a general maritime cause which includes the provision of security.’
    • ‘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…’
    • ‘Oh, it was a wonderful intellectual experience; we had cases in admiralty and immigration, complex state statutes and federal regulations.’


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