1

marine

adjective ma·rine \ mə-ˈrēn \
Updated on: 6 Dec 2017

Definition of marine

1 a : of or relating to the sea
  • marine life
  • marine biology
b : of or relating to the act or practice of sailing over the sea : nautical
  • a marine chart
c : of or relating to the commerce (see 1commerce 2) of the sea : maritime
  • marine law
d : depicting the sea, seashore, or ships
  • a marine painter
2 : of or relating to marines (see 2marine 2)
  • marine barracks

Examples of marine in a Sentence

  1. marine animals such as dolphins and whales

  2. he loves collecting little marine creatures while at the beach

Recent Examples of marine from the Web

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'marine.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

Origin and Etymology of marine

Middle English, from Latin marinus, from mare sea; akin to Old English mere sea, pool, Old High German meri sea, Old Church Slavonic morje

Other Nautical Terms


2

marine

noun

Definition of marine

1 a : the mercantile and naval shipping of a country
b : seagoing ships especially in relation to nationality or class
2 : one of a class of armed services personnel serving on shipboard or in close association with a naval force; specifically : a member of the U.S. Marine Corps
3 : an executive department (as in France) having charge of naval affairs
4 : a marine picture : seascape

Examples of marine in a Sentence

  1. He is a former U.S. Marine.

  2. the U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marines

Recent Examples of marine from the Web

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'marine.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

Origin and Etymology of marine



MARINE Defined for English Language Learners

marine

adjective

Definition of marine for English Language Learners

  • : 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


marine

noun

Definition of marine for English Language Learners

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


MARINE Defined for Kids

1

marine

adjective ma·rine \ mə-ˈrēn \

Definition of marine for Students

1 : of or relating to the sea
  • marine animals
2 : of or relating to the navigation of the sea : nautical
  • marine charts
3 : of or relating to soldiers in the United States Marine Corps
  • marine barracks

Word Root of marine

The Latin word mare, meaning “sea,” gives us the root mar. Words from Latin mare have something to do with the sea. Something marine, such as an animal or plant, lives in the sea. A marina is a dock in the sea where boats can anchor. A submarine is a ship that operates underwater in the sea.

2

marine

noun

Definition of marine for Students

1 : a soldier of the United States Marine Corps
2 : the ships of a country


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up marine? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

of or relating to dancing

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Star Wars Words Quiz

  • cu-jedi-training
  • The bounty portion of bounty hunters (such as Boba Fett) comes from a Latin word meaning
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Dictionary Devil

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!