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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Now there are female admirals, ship captains, ferry skippers, deckhands, marine engineers, maritime executives. Carl Nolte, San Francisco Chronicle, "Young Oakland woman part of maritime industry’s new guard," 27 Jan. 2018 Data from maritime broker Clarksons show vessel speeds fell by around 21% across all ship types over the past 10 years, slashing total fuel consumption and carbon dioxide emissions by 18%. Costas Paris, WSJ, "Shipowners Seek to Slow Services to Meet Emissions Limits," 10 May 2019 Still, maritime experts polled by the Norwegian media are doubtful the ship can return to operational status. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Norway’s Ruined Frigate Is Afloat Again and It Doesn't Look Good," 15 Apr. 2019 The head of a maritime trade organization representing more than 200 companies at the port said the closure of several miles of the channel has slowed but not stalled commerce. Juan A. Lozano, The Seattle Times, "Environmental, economic damage a concern now that fire out," 26 Mar. 2019 Although still small in global terms, ONE is dominant in intra-Asia trade lanes and is the biggest player in moving Asian exports to the U.S. across the Pacific, with a 16% market share, according to maritime data provider IHS Markit . Costas Paris, WSJ, "Japan Catches Up With Shipping Consolidation," 11 May 2018 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

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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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