mare nostrum


ma·​re no·​strum ˈmär-(ˌ)ā-ˈnō-strəm How to pronounce mare nostrum (audio)
: a navigable body of water (such as a sea) that belongs to a single nation or is mutually shared by two or more nations

Word History


New Latin, literally, our sea

First Known Use

1921, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of mare nostrum was in 1921

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Cite this Entry

“Mare nostrum.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Sep. 2023.

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