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marine

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adjective ma·rine \mə-ˈrēn\

Simple Definition of marine

  • : of or relating to the sea or the plants and animals that live in the sea

  • : of or relating to sailing on the sea or doing business (such as trading) by sea

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of marine

  1. 1 a :  of or relating to the sea <marine life> <marine biology> b :  of or relating to the navigation of the sea :  nautical <a marine chart> c :  of or relating to the commerce of the sea :  maritime <marine law> d :  depicting the sea, seashore, or ships <a marine painter>

  2. 2 :  of or relating to marines <marine barracks>

Examples of marine in a sentence

  1. marine animals such as dolphins and whales

  2. <he loves collecting little marine creatures while at the beach>



Origin and Etymology of marine

Middle English, from Latin marinus, from mare sea; akin to Old English mere sea, pool, Old High German meri sea, Old Church Slavic morje


First Known Use: 15th century

Other Nautical Terms


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marine

noun ma·rine

Simple Definition of marine

  • : a member of the U.S. Marine Corps or the British Royal Marines

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of marine

  1. 1 a :  the mercantile and naval shipping of a country b :  seagoing ships especially in relation to nationality or class

  2. 2 :  one of a class of armed services personnel serving on shipboard or in close association with a naval force; specifically :  a member of the United States Marine Corps

  3. 3 :  an executive department (as in France) having charge of naval affairs

  4. 4 :  a marine picture :  seascape



MARINE Defined for Kids

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marine

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adjective ma·rine \mə-ˈrēn\

Definition of marine for Students

  1. 1 :  of or relating to the sea <marine animals>

  2. 2 :  of or relating to the navigation of the sea :  nautical <marine charts>

  3. 3 :  of or relating to soldiers in the United States Marine Corps <marine barracks>



Word Root of marine

The Latin word mare, meaning “sea,” gives us the root mar. Words from Latin mare have something to do with the sea. Something marine, such as an animal or plant, lives in the sea. A marina is a dock in the sea where boats can anchor. A submarine is a ship that operates underwater in the sea.


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noun ma·rine

Definition of marine for Students

  1. 1 :  a soldier of the United States Marine Corps

  2. 2 :  the ships of a country





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