Definition of merchant navy noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

merchant navy

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(British English)(North American English merchant marine)[countable + singular or plural verb] The navy
 
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a country’s commercial ships and the people who work on them See related entries: The navy Culture The British merchant navy was very important during both world wars for the continued supply of goods to Britain from abroad, and many of its ships were sunk by enemy submarines. see also Battle of the Atlantic