merchant marine
noun Date: 1839 1. the privately or publicly owned commercial ships of a nation 2. the personnel of a merchant marine; specifically a member of a merchant marine • merchant mariner noun

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  • merchant marine — mer chant ma*rine , n. The ships owned by nationals of a particular country that are engaged in civilian commerce; also, the personnel operating those vessels. Distinguished from the {navy}, which contains the vessels of war. [PJC] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • merchant marine — n. 1. all the ships of a nation that are used in commerce 2. their personnel …   English World dictionary

  • merchant marine — 1. the vessels of a nation that are engaged in commerce. 2. the officers and crews of such vessels. [1850 55, Amer.] * * * Commercial ships of a nation, whether privately or publicly owned, and the personnel who operate such ships, as distinct… …   Universalium

  • merchant marine — noun 1. the crew of a merchant vessel • Hypernyms: ↑crew 2. conveyance provided by the ships belonging to one country or industry • Syn: ↑shipping, ↑cargo ships, ↑merchant vessels • Hypernyms: ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • merchant marine — noun a) Ships dedicated to commercial, rather than military, purposes, with their crew. Captain Robert Dollar of San Francisco, dean of American ship owners, . . . is still, although nearly 80, the eager champion of an American privately owned… …   Wiktionary

  • merchant marine — merchant ma rine noun count or uncount AMERICAN a country s ships that carry goods rather than soldiers and weapons a. the people who work on these ships …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • merchant marine — Synonyms and related words: Naval Construction Battalion, RN, Royal Navy, Seabees, USN, United States Navy, argosy, armada, bottoms, coast guard, division, escadrille, fleet, flotilla, line, marine, merchant fleet, merchant navy, mosquito fleet,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • merchant marine — noun N. Amer. another term for merchant navy …   English new terms dictionary

  • merchant marine — /ˌmɜ:tʃənt mə ri:n/, merchant navy / mɜ:tʃənt neɪvi/ noun all the commercial ships of a country …   Dictionary of banking and finance

  • merchant marine — mer′chant marine′ n. 1) naut. the ships of a nation that are engaged in commerce 2) naut. the officers and crews of such ships • Etymology: 1850–55 …   From formal English to slang

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