merchant marine


Definition of merchant marine

1 : the privately or publicly owned commercial ships of a nation
2 : the personnel of a merchant marine specifically : a member of a merchant marine

Other Words from merchant marine

merchant mariner noun
Jeff Moore, 32, a John Deere salesman whose brother is a merchant mariner and whose father is first mate on a tugboat, keeps a journal of each exploration. — Pam Belluck

Examples of merchant marine in a Sentence

a member of the merchant marine
Recent Examples on the Web Judging from trends in the industry, though, current cargo-preference requirements are not adequate to maintain a robust merchant marine. Loren Thompson, Forbes, 8 Oct. 2021 So, there is no robust U.S. merchant marine available to fill the gap in sealift in the event of an emergency, and there likely would be no time to build or acquire one in a future conflict. Loren Thompson, Forbes, 8 Oct. 2021 Then, in 1996, a 60-year-old U.S. merchant marine with a fondness for the raptors received approval from state and federal agencies to put up a pole. Alice Yin,, 7 Aug. 2021 Born in New Orleans in 1935, Connor was the son of a merchant marine who immigrated from the Dominican Republic. Christi Carras, Los Angeles Times, 4 Aug. 2021 His father, René Barzaghi, who was part of the French Resistance during World War II, was an officer in the French merchant marine. New York Times, 25 June 2021 In 1934, one lover, a merchant marine, burned around 200 of Neel’s drawings and destroyed more than 60 of her paintings in a jealous rage. Jerry Saltz, Vulture, 6 Apr. 2021 Later, Wright served in the army and joined the merchant marine. Alice George, Smithsonian Magazine, 23 Mar. 2021 Her partner, a merchant marine, is regularly away for monthslong trips. Elissa Strauss, CNN, 14 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of merchant marine

1839, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of merchant marine was in 1839

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30 Oct 2021

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“Merchant marine.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Dec. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of merchant marine

: all of a country's ships that are used for trading goods rather than for war also : the people who work such ships

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Kids Definition of merchant marine

1 : the trading ships of a nation
2 : the people who work in trading ships

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