adjective ma·rine \mə-ˈrēn\

: 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

Full Definition of MARINE

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>
:  of or relating to marines <marine barracks>

Examples of MARINE

  1. marine animals such as dolphins and whales
  2. <he loves collecting little marine creatures while at the beach>

Origin 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

avast, aweigh, flotsam, jib, keel, lee, port, starboard, stay



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

Full Definition of MARINE

a :  the mercantile and naval shipping of a country
b :  seagoing ships especially in relation to nationality or class
:  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
:  an executive department (as in France) having charge of naval affairs
:  a marine picture :  seascape

Examples of MARINE

  1. He is a former U.S. Marine.
  2. the U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marines

First Known Use of MARINE

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