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.

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.
Recent Examples on the Web Global Fishing Watch used satellite imagery and other maritime monitoring technologies to track the number of squid fishing ships over the May to November fishing season. Joshua Berlinger, CNN, "North Korea's 'dark' fishing fleet went quiet in 2020, likely pressuring the country's imperiled food supply," 20 Jan. 2021 Part of this would translate into lower profits for shipping companies, and part would be transferred to customers and result in higher maritime supply-chain costs. Olaf Merk, WSJ, "Commentary: Taxation May Be Global Shipping’s Upcoming Game Changer," 17 Jan. 2021 Melissa Chimera, a Hawaiian of Lebanese descent, uses the style of old Persian manuscripts to render a symbolic maritime scene that features coronavirus spores and ship crew members outfitted with surgical masks. Washington Post, "In the galleries: Middle East artists examine sheltering in place amid pandemic," 15 Jan. 2021 Weighing about 200 tons, the magnet, which was originally built for experiments in electric power generation, is far too large for maritime use. Abe Dane, Popular Mechanics, "Remembering Jet Ships: The Futuristic 100-Knot Superboat That Never Was," 14 Jan. 2021 And for almost as long, since 2006, Senegal has had agreements with Spain to enforce maritime controls and reduce migrant numbers. Shola Lawal, The Christian Science Monitor, "As ocean empties, Senegal's fishermen risk seas for new life in Europe," 14 Jan. 2021 Turkey and Greece will resume talks aimed at reducing tensions between the neighbors on Jan. 25, Turkish and Greek officials announced Monday, following this summer's dispute over maritime borders and energy rights in the eastern Mediterranean. Suzan Fraser, Star Tribune, "Turkey, Greece to resume talks on disputes on Jan 25," 11 Jan. 2021 In 1896, the state Legislature restructured local maritime activity under the authority of a new state agency, the Port of New Orleans. Richard Campanella,, "acquisition of 1,100 acres," 1 Jan. 2021 Such storms generally go unnoticed except for meteorologists and those with maritime interests such as shipping, military and fishing. Author: Jason Samenow, Andrew Freedman, Anchorage Daily News, "‘Bomb cyclone’ builds in Aleutian Islands, becoming strongest storm on record to hit Alaska," 31 Dec. 2020

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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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9 Feb 2021

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“Maritime.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Feb. 2021.

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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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