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 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

Contemporary Examples of maritime

Historical Examples of maritime

  • 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 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

maritime in Culture

Maritime Provinces

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

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