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[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.
Origin of maritime
1540-50; < Latin maritimus pertaining to the sea, equivalent to mari- (stem of mare sea) + -timus adj. suffix
Related forms
nonmaritime, adjective
unmaritime, adjective

Maritime Provinces

plural noun
the Canadian provinces of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and Prince Edward Island.
Also called Maritimes.
Related forms
Maritimer, noun Unabridged
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  • For all its promise, the new continental perspective does not negate the maritime one, and sometimes reinforces it.
  • Ship models, whaling equipment, and other maritime artifacts fill the museum near the monument's base.
  • His lack of any real discovery is perplexing in a book that purports to be about a veritable maritime treasure hunt.
  • Grounds include nature trails winding through lush maritime forest.
  • The treaty is certainly not going to solve all the troubles afflicting the oceans, nor settle all the world's maritime disputes.
  • Their findings are helping and rechart maritime routes essential for the delivery of relief supplies.
  • maritime and air navigation regulations require use of these up-to-date charts and tables.
  • So the sea service is looking to unmanned vehicles as a way to keep its maritime dominance in the years to come.
  • Amateur and professional maritime archaeologists will find items of interest on this site.
  • One of the maritime changes after this disaster, which you can still see in the mandatory lifeboat drill on today's cruise ships.
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
C16: from Latin maritimus from mare sea

Maritime Provinces

plural noun
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.

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Maritime Provinces definition

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

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