mar·​i·​time | \ ˈmer-ə-ˌtīm How to pronounce maritime (audio) , ˈma-rə- \

Definition of maritime

1 : of, relating to, or bordering on the sea a maritime province
2 : of or relating to navigation or commerce on the sea
3 : having the characteristics of a mariner

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The maritime countries of Portugal and England produced many seafaring explorers during the 16th and 17th centuries, many of whom sailed under the flags of other countries. Sailing for the Spanish, Ferdinand Magellan captained the ship that was the first to circle the world, charting many new maritime routes as it went. Henry Hudson, funded by the Dutch, sailed up what we call today the Hudson River, claiming the maritime area that now includes New York City for the Netherlands.

Examples of maritime in a Sentence

The country's maritime industry is an important part of its economy. She's an expert in maritime law.
Recent Examples on the Web The United Nations’ highest court ruled Tuesday in favor of Somalia in a years-long dispute with Kenya about their maritime border, a decision that could worsen the fragile relationship between the neighboring countries. Washington Post, 12 Oct. 2021 Over the past few years, China's air force has repeatedly sent planes deeper into Taiwan's air defense identification zone, occasionally crossing the median line of the Taiwan Strait, an unofficial maritime border. The Washington Post, Arkansas Online, 10 Oct. 2021 Quanzhou, located on the coast of China’s Fujian province by the Jin River, earned a spot on the list for its significance in maritime trade between the 10th and 14th centuries C.E., reports Phoebe Zhang for the South China Morning Post. Livia Gershon, Smithsonian Magazine, 27 July 2021 The South China Sea is thought to contain huge oil and natural gas reserves, and around one-third of the world’s maritime trade is estimated to pass through it, worth more than $3 trillion every year. Connie Foong, The Christian Science Monitor, 29 June 2021 The Dutch were a superpower in maritime trade, competing hotly with the British, French, and Portuguese in a race for economic dominance., 8 Apr. 2021 The rift in relations comes as Kenya and Somalia prepare to square-off at an international tribunal in March over a maritime-border dispute. David Malingha,, 16 Dec. 2020 The project comes as the 400th anniversary commemoration — most of which was virtual due to the pandemic — officially concluded with an in-person maritime festival in Plymouth Sept. 4-5., 23 Sep. 2021 For centuries while the British Royal Navy vied with the Dutch and French for maritime supremacy, sailors were accorded a daily ration of high-proof rum — a tot — for their troubles. Los Angeles Times, 22 Aug. 2021

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First Known Use of maritime

circa 1550, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for maritime

Latin maritimus, from mare

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The first known use of maritime was circa 1550

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19 Oct 2021

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“Maritime.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of maritime

: of or relating to sailing on the sea or doing business (such as trading) by sea
: located near or next to the sea


mar·​i·​time | \ ˈmer-ə-ˌtīm How to pronounce maritime (audio) \

Kids Definition of maritime

1 : of or relating to ocean navigation or trade maritime law
2 : bordering on or living near the sea maritime nations


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Legal Definition of maritime

: of or relating to navigation or commerce on navigable waters

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