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Syllabification: ma·rine
Pronunciation: /məˈrēn

Definition of marine in English:


1Of, found in, or produced by the sea: marine plants marine biology
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  • After a period of teaching, he arrived in Wales in 1959 to study marine biology and bio-chemistry.
  • That included studying marine biology at university and even becoming an actor for a few years, which established his love of the theatre.
  • Whale Study Week includes boat trips as well as classes in whale biology and general marine ecology.
seawater, sea, saltwater, oceanic;
technical pelagic
1.1Of or relating to shipping or naval matters: marine insurance
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  • No one was injured and there just happened to be a qualified marine repairman on the dock when we put the boat into its slip.
  • As almost everyone knows, Trinidad is the place to have marine parts shipped in.
  • The same procedure is used when placing calls via the marine operator to shoreside telephones.
1.2(Of artists or painting) depicting scenes at sea: marine painters
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  • With Turner, however, his marine paintings - a third of his output - are the key to his entire oeuvre.
  • He served as a naval officer in the First World War and by 1945 was the best-known marine artist in Britain.
  • But today he is known as one of the finest living marine artists in the world.


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A member of a body of troops trained to serve on land or at sea, in particular a member of the US Marine Corps.
Example sentences
  • Men who are recently out of the army or marines are favored to play hostile gunmen.
  • Seven other marines from 3 Commando Brigade and four American soldiers also died.
  • I went to live with my aunt's dad, who was a drill sergeant in the marines, and he tried to turn me into a soldier.


Middle English (as a noun in the sense 'seashore'): from Old French marin, marine, from Latin marinus, from mare 'sea'.


tell that (or it) to the marines

A scornful expression of disbelief.
[from the saying that will do for the marines but the sailors won't believe it, referring to the horse marines, an imaginary corps of cavalrymen employed to serve as marines (thus out of their element)]

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