Origin of submarine

1640–50; 1895–1900 for def 1; sub- + marine
Related formsan·ti·sub·ma·rine, adjective

Regional variation note

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Related Words for submarines

submersible, sub, torpedo, U-boat, hero, hoagie, grinder

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British Dictionary definitions for submarines

submarine

noun

a vessel, esp one designed for warfare, capable of operating for protracted periods below the surface of the seaOften shortened to: sub
(modifier)
  1. of or relating to a submarinea submarine captain
  2. occurring or situated below the surface of the seaa submarine cable
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Word Origin and History for submarines

submarine

adj.

1640s, from sub- + marine (adj.).

submarine

n.

"submarine boat," 1899, from submarine (adj.). The short form sub is first recorded 1917. Submarine sandwich (1955) so called from the shape of the roll.

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