mar·​i·​time | \ ˈmer-ə-ˌtīm How to pronounce maritime (audio) , 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, nautical, navigational

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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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Last month, the ship spent days in Marseille after Gibraltar maritime authorities took Aquarius 2 off its registry. Samuel Petrequin, Fox News, "Charities operating migrant rescue ship ask Europe for help," 24 Sep. 2018 Wrapped in plastic to resist the salt waters of the Strait of Gibraltar, the cellphones are crucial links to humanitarian groups and maritime authorities, so those crossing the dangerous waters can send their locations for rescues. Washington Post, "AP PHOTOS: Cellphones, teenagers on migrant route to Europe," 2 July 2018 Seoul and Beijing repeatedly bailed out or subsidized money-losing shipyards during a long slump in maritime trade as vessel operators trimmed their fleets and new orders plummeted. Costas Paris, WSJ, "Korea’s Mega-Merger of Shipyards Set to Dominate Global Shipbuilding," 6 Feb. 2019 Japan has signed a memorandum on search-and-rescue operations with Taiwan, bolstering its maritime security; intelligence-sharing may be formalised next. The Economist, "China fights Taiwan on airline websites," 14 June 2018 Neighbors said that Pagourtzis’s mother, who goes by Maria, works as a nurse, and his father works in the maritime business and is often overseas. William Wan, Washington Post, "Alleged school killer Dimitrios Pagourtzis had a fondness for trench coats and a growing darkness," 18 May 2018 Other sections of the barrier beach are great for swimming and beachcombing, and the maritime forest and marsh are laced with trails., "The 20 best beaches to visit in New England," 2 May 2018 O’Connell explained that about 53 percent of the nation’s $390 billion maritime trade with China passes through the ports of Los Angeles, Long Beach and Oakland. Mark Glover, sacbee, "California exporters worry that 'scuffle' could become costly trade war with China | The Sacramento Bee," 12 Apr. 2018 However, smuggling by ship opens up an opportunity to use the existing rules of international maritime trade to peel away the subterfuge using commercially available data. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "The CIA's Shadow War Against North Korean Smuggling," 29 Jan. 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 How to pronounce maritime (audio) \

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 How to pronounce maritime (audio) \

Legal Definition of maritime

: of or relating to navigation or commerce on navigable waters

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