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[mar-i-tahym] /ˈmær ɪˌtaɪm/
connected with the sea in relation to navigation, shipping, etc.
of or pertaining 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.
1540-50; < Latin maritimus pertaining to the sea, equivalent to mari- (stem of mare sea) + -timus adj. suffix
Related forms
nonmaritime, adjective
unmaritime, adjective Unabridged
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Examples for maritime
  • 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
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Word Origin and History for maritime
1550, from M.Fr. maritime, from L. maritimus "of the sea," from mare (gen. maris) "sea" + L. ending -timus, originally a superl. suffix (cf. intimus "inmost," ultimus "last"), here denoting "close association with."
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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