A Maritimer is a person from the Maritime provinces of Canada: Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and Prince Edward Island. The term has been in use since at least 1931.
The basic adjective maritime is an adoption from Middle French. Unlike many French terms it did not make its way across the channel with the Normans. Instead it didn’t make its way into English until the sixteenth century. Ultimately, it comes from the Latin adjective maritimus “relating to the sea, coastal.”
Of course Canada has other coastal provinces, but the Maritimes refers to just those three.
“maritime,” adj. and n. Oxford English Dictionary Online. Third edition. December 2000. Web. 24 August 2011.
“Maritimer,” n. Oxford English Dictionary Online. Third edition. December 2000. Web. 24 August 2011.
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