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[mar-i-tahym] /ˈmær ɪˌtaɪm/
connected with the sea in relation to navigation, shipping, etc.
of or relating to the sea:
maritime resources.
bordering on the sea:
maritime provinces.
living near or in the sea:
maritime plants.
characteristic of a sailor; nautical:
maritime clothing.
Origin of maritime
1540-50; < Latin maritimus pertaining to the sea, equivalent to mari- (stem of mare sea) + -timus adj. suffix
Related forms
nonmaritime, adjective
unmaritime, adjective

Maritime Provinces

plural noun
the Canadian provinces of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and Prince Edward Island.
Also called Maritimes.
Related forms
Maritimer, noun Unabridged
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  • Enumerated are the various offences of a maritime character, and their punishment.

    Bygone Punishments

    William Andrews
  • What a fine thing a maritime town is for a maker of romances!

    Perils and Captivity Charlotte-Adlade [ne Picard] Dard
  • The articles on maritime rights and impressment were set aside.

    Albert Gallatin John Austin Stevens
  • Let us now go on to follow the peculiarities of the maritime law in other directions.

    The Common Law Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.
  • To west and south sweep the maritime Alps and the Apennines.

    New Italian sketches John Addington Symonds
British Dictionary definitions for maritime


of or relating to navigation, shipping, etc; seafaring
of, relating to, near, or living near the sea
(of a climate) having small temperature differences between summer and winter; equable
Word Origin
C16: from Latin maritimus from mare sea

Maritime Provinces

plural noun
the Maritime Provinces, another name for the Atlantic Provinces of Canada, but often excluding Newfoundland and Labrador
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Word Origin and History for maritime

1540s, "of or pertaining to the sea," from Middle French maritime (16c.) or directly from Latin maritimus "of the sea, near the sea," from mare (genitive maris) "sea" (see mere (n.)) + Latin ending -timus, originally a superlative suffix (cf. intimus "inmost," ultimus "last"), here denoting "close association with." Maritimes "seacoast regions of a country" is from 1590s; specifically of the southeasternmost provinces of Canada by 1926.

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Maritime Provinces definition

The collective name for the Canadian provinces of New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and Prince Edward Island.

The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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