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The word ‘marine’ came to the English speaking world from the Old French for sea – ‘marin’, and the French Navy is the Marine Nationale.
As for tradition, the Royal Marines were formed in 1664
1 relating to or produced by the sea.
2 relating to shipping or naval matters.
n noun a member of a body of troops trained to serve on land or sea, in particular (in the UK) a member of the Royal Marines or (in the US) a member of the Marine Corps.
Middle English: from Old French marin, marine, from Latin marinus, from mare ‘sea’.
As it goes, since about 1950 ‘Marine’ has become a not uncommon female name in France – Marine Le Pen comes to mind.
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