merchant marine

noun

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

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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

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Anthony, who has had careers as a scuba diver, carpenter, skydiver, merchant marine and cabinet maker, enjoys riding a motorcycle. Diane Fiske, Philly.com, "An Ambler dream house nine years in the making," 16 May 2018 His father, a merchant marine, was an abusive alcoholic. New York Times, "He Spoke Out During the AIDS Crisis. See Why His Art Still Matters.," 12 July 2018 Kathleen is relentlessly animated and quick-witted, with thick tangerine hair, steely eyes, and an endearing personal idiolect that suggests both an autodidactic reading in philosophy and economics and the gusty crudity of the merchant marine. Gideon Lewis-kraus, WIRED, "The Blockchain: A Love Story—And a Horror Story," 18 June 2018 Maybe someone out there heard a story -- a rumor even -- passed down through the years, of the merchant marine and father who simply vanished from Mason City, Iowa on a November day in 1955. Juliet Muir, NBC News, "Family still searching for answers in 1955 disappearance of World War II veteran," 26 May 2018 His father was a former merchant marine who moved the family to Richland, Wash., a town mostly built by the federal government for workers at the Hanford nuclear site. Robert F. Worth, New York Times, "Can Jim Mattis Hold the Line in Trump’s ‘War Cabinet’?," 26 Mar. 2018 The Irishman was working as a merchant marine in Europe when he was captured by the British and sent to colonize Roanoke. Michael E. Miller, Washington Post, "The incredible story of America’s first St. Patrick’s Day celebration," 17 Mar. 2018 Even the merchant marine from Stormfront had recently been convinced by Matthew’s logic and expressed interest in joining the TWP. Aaron Gilbreath, Longreads, "Little Führers Everywhere," 22 Feb. 2018 The trips were part of the studies for becoming a merchant marine officer. David Taylor, Houston Chronicle, "Aggieland Orchestra to make appearance in Dayton, Feb. 17," 22 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of merchant marine

1839, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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merchant marine

noun

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

merchant marine

noun

Kids Definition of merchant marine

1 : the trading ships of a nation

2 : the people who work in trading ships

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