Definition of maritime in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈmerəˌtīm/


1Connected with the sea, especially in relation to seafaring commercial or military activity: a maritime museum maritime law
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  • The change which has taken place in relation to matters maritime is also of similar magnitude.
  • The hour-long ceremony alongside Southsea Naval War Memorial is intended to honour 9,000 maritime veterans of all nations.
  • It needs to understand that nearly the entire income of the federal government in the early decades of the republic derived from tariffs on maritime trade.
naval, marine, nautical;
seafaring, seagoing, sea, oceangoing
1.1Living or found in or near the sea: dolphins and other maritime mammals
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  • This species lives exclusively in or near sandy soils within coastal dune and scrub communities and maritime chaparral.
coastal, seaside, littoral
1.2Bordering on the sea: two species of Diptera occur in the maritime Antarctic
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  • The coastal maritime region is filled with mangrove swamps and alluvial plains that support palm trees.
  • An acceptable balance of interests between maritime states and coastal states appears to have been achieved.
1.3Denoting a climate that is moist and temperate owing to the influence of the sea.
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  • Research has shown that ryegrasses grow throughout the year in a temperate maritime climate.
  • The temperate maritime climate, with warm summers and cool, wet winters, becomes more extreme towards the south and east.
  • These treatments were chosen as typical of spring temperatures in a temperate, maritime climate, such as that prevailing in Aberystwyth, UK.


Mid 16th century: from Latin maritimus, from mare 'sea'.

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Syllabification: mar·i·time

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