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maritime

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adjective mar·i·time \ˈmer-ə-ˌtīm, ˈma-rə-\

Simple Definition of maritime

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

  • : located near or next to the sea

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of maritime

  1. 1 :  of, relating to, or bordering on the sea <a maritime province>

  2. 2 :  of or relating to navigation or commerce on the sea

  3. 3 :  having the characteristics of a mariner

Examples of maritime in a sentence

  1. The country's maritime industry is an important part of its economy.

  2. She's an expert in maritime law.



Did You Know?

The maritime countries of Portugal and England produced many seafaring explorers during the 16th and 17th centuries, many of whom sailed under the flags of other countries. Sailing for the Spanish, Ferdinand Magellan captained the ship that was the first to circle the world, charting many new maritime routes as it went. Henry Hudson, funded by the Dutch, sailed up what we call today the Hudson River, claiming the maritime area that now includes New York City for the Netherlands.

Origin and Etymology of maritime

Latin maritimus, from mare


First Known Use: circa 1550

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MARITIME Defined for Kids

maritime

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adjective mar·i·time \ˈmer-ə-ˌtīm\

Definition of maritime for Students

  1. 1 :  of or relating to ocean navigation or trade <maritime law>

  2. 2 :  bordering on or living near the sea <maritime nations>




Law Dictionary

maritime

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adjective mar·i·time \ˈmar-ə-ˌtīm\

Legal Definition of maritime

  1. :  of or relating to navigation or commerce on navigable waters





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