adjective \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



noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Member of a military force trained for service at sea and in land operations related to naval campaigns. They existed as far back as the 5th century BC, when the Greek fleets were manned by epibatai, or heavily armed sea soldiers. In the Middle Ages ordinary soldiers were often assigned to shipboard duty; not until the naval wars of the 17th century was the distinct role of marines rediscovered almost simultaneously by the British and the Dutch, who raised the first two modern marine corps, the Royal Marine (1664) and the Koninklijke Nederlandse Corps Mariniers (1665). See also U.S. Marine Corps.


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