merchant marine

noun
|Updated on: 20 Jun 2018

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

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

  1. a member of the merchant marine

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First Known Use of merchant marine

1839

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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MERCHANT MARINE Defined for English Language Learners

merchant marine

Definition of merchant marine for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

merchant marine

noun

Definition of merchant marine for Students

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


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