One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
The Mediterranean Sea, regarded as the territory of or under the control of the European Mediterranean countries, especially Italy (originally so called by the Romans). Hence: any sea or other stretch of water belonging to or under the control of a nation.
1920s. From classical Latin mare nostrum, lit. ‘our sea’ from mare sea + nostrum, neuter singular of noster our.
Mare Nostrum/ˌmɑːri ˈnɒstrəm//ˌmɑːreɪ ˈnɒstrəm/
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