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merchant marine

noun

: all of a country's ships that are used for trading goods rather than for war; also : the people who work such ships

Full Definition of MERCHANT MARINE

1
:  the privately or publicly owned commercial ships of a nation
2
:  the personnel of a merchant marine; specifically :  a member of a merchant marine
merchant mariner noun

Examples of MERCHANT MARINE

  1. a member of the merchant marine

First Known Use of MERCHANT MARINE

1839

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