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, 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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The maritime facilities at both ends of the Panama Canal are operated by Chinese entities. WSJ, "Navy Faces Global Chinese Maritime Threat," 21 May 2018 According to Vallat, SOS Mediterranee and Medecins Sans Frontieres' refusal to return migrants to Libya was in compliance with maritime law because Libya doesn't meet international standards for safe harbor. Samuel Petrequin, Fox News, "Charities operating migrant rescue ship ask Europe for help," 24 Sep. 2018 Among those fired based on preliminary investigations into the sinking are the heads of the judicial police and National Guard in Sfax and the head of the maritime border patrol in Kerkennah. Washington Post, "Tunisia PM fires top minister amid alarm over migrant deaths," 6 June 2018 The service now oversees everything from maritime security for the U.N. General Assembly and July Fourth celebrations in the summer, to ice breaking missions in the Hudson River in the winter. CBS News, "U.S. Coast Guard's long history of service in New York," 26 May 2018 Launched in 1991, the spacious, contemporary building hosts maritime-themed collections and exhibitions. Sophie Davies, Condé Nast Traveler, "15 Best Museums in Sydney," 23 Mar. 2018 Details were scant, but Alonso said the planes could be outfitted for a variety of missions, including VIP transport, surveillance and maritime patrol. Lawrence Specker,, "Bombardier official: Airbus deal is 'top priority'," 7 Feb. 2018 Who would deploy those forces is still to be decided, but NATO is also planning to sign off on a revised command structure, including two new commands, one devoted to troop mobility and one to maritime security. Steven Erlanger, New York Times, "As Summit Nears, NATO Allies Have One Main Worry: Trump," 26 June 2018 And although maritime shipping security has improved in the last few years, unrest in Yemen means that hundreds of miles of the country’s sparsely populated coastline could be used as staging grounds for attacks on ships. Nabih Bulos,, "It's the world's worst humanitarian disaster. But it's rarely ever discussed," 15 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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