[ mar-i-tahym ]
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  1. associated with the sea or waterways to the sea in relation to navigation, shipping, etc.: Maritime commerce accounts for trillions of dollars in annual U.S. economic activity.

  2. of or relating to the sea or waterways to the sea: maritime resources.

  1. bordering on the sea: picturesque maritime towns.

  2. living near or in the sea: maritime plants.

  3. characteristic of a sailor; nautical: She stands on the foredeck, glad to be wearing her maritime rain gear.

Origin of maritime

First recorded in 1540–50; from Latin maritimus “pertaining to the sea,” equivalent to mari- (stem of mare “sea”) + -timus adjective suffix

Other words from maritime

  • non·mar·i·time, adjective
  • un·mar·i·time, adjective

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How to use maritime in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for maritime


/ (ˈmærɪˌtaɪm) /

  1. of or relating to navigation, shipping, etc; seafaring

  2. of, relating to, near, or living near the sea

  1. (of a climate) having small temperature differences between summer and winter; equable

Origin of maritime

C16: from Latin maritimus from mare sea

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