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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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.

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The country's maritime industry is an important part of its economy. She's an expert in maritime law.
Recent Examples on the Web Lost amidst the many tragedies of that April was the worst maritime disaster in U.S. history: the destruction of the steamboat Sultana on the Mississippi River near Memphis on April 27, 1865. Jeff Suess, The Enquirer, 24 Apr. 2022 Feuds at sea were common before the United Nations established broader international agreement on maritime boundaries in 1982. Helen Wieffering, Anchorage Daily News, 1 Apr. 2022 Monday’s hearing in Santa Barbara was a short trip from where the Conception dive boat burned off the Channel Islands on Labor Day 2019, the worst maritime disaster in modern California history. Richard Wintonstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 21 Mar. 2022 But the week’s second maritime disaster is not yet reflected in the numbers. Washington Post, 25 Dec. 2021 China employs an extensive maritime militia disguised as a civilian fishing fleet to harass its neighbors and illegally plunder their fish. Jill Goldenziel, Forbes, 27 Mar. 2022 Shapps pitched the move as the best way of targeting P&O, contending that simply changing wage legislation wouldn’t work, since maritime law is governed by international conventions. Charlotte Ryan,, 30 Mar. 2022 This day rate adds up to more than the record high costs for a typical 40-foot high container, which is now more than $6,500 each, according to maritime research firm Drewry Shipping Consultants. NBC News, 20 Aug. 2021 The remarks were made after an earlier report from private maritime intelligence firm Dryad Global referred to a drone sighting involving the vessel before the attack. Arkansas Online, 31 July 2021 See More

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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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16 May 2022

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“Maritime.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 May. 2022.

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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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