admiralty (ad-m<<schwa>>-r<<schwa>>l-tee), n.1. A court that exercises jurisdiction over
all maritime contracts, torts, injuries, or offenses. • The federal courts are so called when
exercising their admiralty jurisdiction, which is conferred by the U.S. Constitution (art. III, § 2, cl.
1). — Also termed admiralty court; maritime court. [Cases: Admiralty 1.C.J.S. Admiralty §§
2–12, 33, 37, 41, 69–70, 83, 280.] 2. The system of jurisprudence that has grown out of the
practice of admiralty courts; MARITIME LAW. 3. Narrowly, the rules governing contract, tort,
and workers’-compensation claims arising out of commerce on or over navigable water. — Also
termed (in senses 2 & 3) admiralty law. — admiralty,adj. [Blacks Law 8th]