[ 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.

Nearby words

  1. maritain,
  2. maritain, jacques,
  3. marital,
  4. marital therapy,
  5. maritally,
  6. maritime alps,
  7. maritime belt,
  8. maritime command,
  9. maritime law,
  10. maritime pine

Origin of maritime

1540–50; < Latin maritimus pertaining to the sea, equivalent to mari- (stem of mare sea) + -timus adj. suffix

Related formsnon·mar·i·time, adjectiveun·mar·i·time, adjective

Maritime Provinces

plural noun

the Canadian provinces of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and Prince Edward Island.
Also called Mar·i·times.

Related formsMar·i·tim·er, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for maritime

British Dictionary definitions for maritime


/ (ˈmærɪˌtaɪm) /


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 for maritime

C16: from Latin maritimus from mare sea

Maritime Provinces


pl n

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Culture definitions for maritime

Maritime Provinces

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

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