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

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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
Recent Examples on the Web Jean, the oldest brother who was a merchant marine, applies his discipline to keep their warehouse across the street in order. Leah Siesfeld,, "Iconic Italian market has an unexpected Jewish history," 13 Oct. 2020 The other five were friends — four of them old merchant marine sailors. Carl Nolte,, "Requiem at edge of Pacific sends 2 old salts sailing into eternity," 3 Oct. 2020 The Administration has provided conditions that must be met for the Academy to resume limited in-person instruction for 513 merchant marine officer cadets after May 10, including strict, unique health and safety guidelines ... Matthias Gafni,, "Alone among public colleges in state, California Maritime Academy plans face-to-face classes," 27 Apr. 2020 After graduating in 1919, Calder spent a few years testing out career options, among them becoming a merchant marine and working in a ship’s boiler room. Rachel Corbett, The Atlantic, "Art in Motion," 12 Apr. 2020 Accordingly, Roosevelt asked for 8 million tons to be produced in 1942 and 16 million tons in 1943 —more than the entire U.S. merchant marine fleet in 1941. Gary Kamiya,, "Marin County shipyard was built in a hurry after Pearl Harbor. It helped win World War II," 20 Mar. 2020 Chinese villagers free a merchant marine captain from the communists to take them to Hong Kong in a stern-wheeler. Los Angeles Times, "Movies on TV this week Sept. 15, 2019: ‘Alien,’ ‘Aliens’ and more," 13 Sep. 2019 His mother worked as a hotel housekeeper, and his father was in the merchant marine. Jon Caramanica,, "Bushwick Bill, rapper who told harrowing tales in Geto Boys, dies at 52," 10 June 2019 Anthony, who has had careers as a scuba diver, carpenter, skydiver, merchant marine and cabinet maker, enjoys riding a motorcycle. Diane Fiske,, "An Ambler dream house nine years in the making," 16 May 2018

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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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29 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Merchant marine.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 31 Oct. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of merchant marine

chiefly US : 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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