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merchant marine

noun
1.
the vessels of a nation that are engaged in commerce.
2.
the officers and crews of such vessels.
Origin
1850-1855
1850-55, Americanism
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  • The contents of the suitcase suggest the merchant marine, which would explain where he bought the coat and thread.
  • They came over on wobbling merchant marine ships, refugees with a few valises apiece that contained all they owned in the world.
British Dictionary definitions for merchant marine

merchant navy

noun
1.
the ships or crew engaged in a nation's commercial shipping
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