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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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  • There are two fountains upon the Place, dedicated, one to maritime, the other to Fluvial navigation.

    Paris: With Pen and Pencil David W. Bartlett
  • Enumerated are the various offences of a maritime character, and their punishment.

    Bygone Punishments William Andrews
  • It does not have the protection of the high wall of the maritime Alps.

    Riviera Towns Herbert Adams Gibbons
  • What a fine thing a maritime town is for a maker of romances!

    Perils and Captivity Charlotte-Adlade [ne Picard] Dard
  • A remarkable circumstance connected with the maritime history of the Phœnicians was their jealousy of the influence of foreigners.

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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