from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Of, relating to, or adjacent to the sea.
  • adj. Of or relating to marine shipping or navigation. See Synonyms at nautical.
  • adj. Of or resembling a mariner.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Related to the sea or sailing.
  • adj. Bordering on the sea.
  • adj. Living near or in the sea.
  • adj. Of or relating to a mariner or sailor.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Bordering on, or situated near, the ocean; connected with the sea by site, interest, or power; having shipping and commerce or a navy.
  • adj. Of or pertaining to the ocean; marine; pertaining to navigation and naval affairs, or to shipping and commerce by sea.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Of, pertaining to, or connected with the sea or its uses; having physical relation to the sea: as, maritime dangers or pursuits; a maritime town or power.
  • Relating to or concerned with marine navigation, employment, or interests: as, maritime law; a maritime project.
  • In zoology, technically, inhabiting the sea-shore; living coastwise; littoral: distinguished from marine.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. relating to or involving ships or shipping or navigation or seamen
  • adj. bordering on or living or characteristic of those near the sea


Latin maritimus, from mare, mari-, sea; see mori- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle French maritime (Wiktionary)



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