mar·​line ˈmär-lən How to pronounce marline (audio)
variants or less commonly marlin
: a small usually tarred line of two strands twisted loosely left-handed that is used especially for seizing and as a covering for wire rope

Word History


Middle English merlyn, probably from Middle Low German marlinc, merlinc, from mēren to tie, moor

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of marline was in the 15th century

Dictionary Entries Near marline

Cite this Entry

“Marline.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Feb. 2024.

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