mar·​i·​time | \ˈmer-ə-ˌtīm, ˈma-rə-\

Definition of maritime 

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

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

3 : having the characteristics of a mariner

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Synonyms for maritime


marine, oceanic, pelagic

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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.

Examples of maritime in a Sentence

The country's maritime industry is an important part of its economy. She's an expert in maritime law.

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The Liaoning provincial maritime safety bureau issued an order for shipping to avoid a section of ocean southeast of the city between Sunday and Friday. Washington Post, "Recent developments surrounding the South China Sea," 15 May 2018 The Liaoning provincial maritime safety bureau issued an order for shipping to avoid a section of ocean southeast of the city between Sunday and Friday. Christopher Bodeen, Fox News, "Recent developments surrounding the South China Sea," 14 May 2018 Inner Loop Museum of the Gulf Coast Permanent exhibits include a section on Native Americans, European contact, the Civil War, economic and cultural growth, the petroleum industry and the maritime history of the region. Ana Khan, Houston Chronicle, "Local museums entertain, educate," 9 May 2018 Another live-fire drill is scheduled to take place next Wednesday in the Taiwan Strait, according to the maritime safety administration of Fujian province, which lies opposite Taiwan. Jeremy Page, WSJ, "China Stages Its Biggest Parade of Navy Vessels and Aircraft," 12 Apr. 2018 For the centennial of the most storied disaster in maritime history, Fellowes, 62, has written a four-part miniseries, Titanic, which will premiere on ABC on April 12. Catherine Ostler, Town & Country, "The Creator of Downton Abbey Writes a Show About the Titanic," 1 Apr. 2012 The steps are the only surviving example of 10 passageways to the waterfront commissioned by William Penn in the early 1700s to promote maritime commerce and transportation, according to a plaque at the site. Jacob Adelman,, "Central Philly waterfront agency seeks developer for lot near Ben Franklin Bridge," 9 July 2018 Near Boundary Pass, the deep-water strait that, as the name suggests, marks the U.S.-Canada maritime border, Jay checked a Facebook page that whale-watching tour operators use to notify each other of sightings. Matthew Kronsberg, WSJ, "An Unmissable Outdoor Adventure in Canada’s Gulf Islands," 21 June 2018 The ministers are also likely to announce a strengthening of maritime operations, particularly in the Mediterranean Sea, where Russian ships have been shadowing allied vessels. Fox News, "NATO meets to show resolve over Russia, paper over divisions," 7 June 2018

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First Known Use of maritime

circa 1550, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for maritime

Latin maritimus, from mare

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The first known use of maritime was circa 1550

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English Language Learners 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


mar·​i·​time | \ˈmer-ə-ˌtīm \

Kids Definition of maritime

1 : of or relating to ocean navigation or trade maritime law

2 : bordering on or living near the sea maritime nations


mar·​i·​time | \ˈmar-ə-ˌtīm \

Legal Definition of maritime 

: of or relating to navigation or commerce on navigable waters

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