Definition of Maru in English:

Maru

noun

  • As a pre- or postpositive: designating a Japanese merchant ship. Hence in Nautical slang (US): a Japanese (or, by extension, U.S.) ship of any kind.

Origin

Late 19th century; earliest use found in Basil Hall Chamberlain (1850–1935), Japanologist. From Japanese maru, second element of the names of merchant ships, of uncertain origin.

Pronunciation

Maru

/ˈmɑːruː//ˈmaruː/