From Middle English *ocean, occean, occian, occyan, from Old French occean (later reborrowed or reinforced by Middle French ocean), from Latin Oceanus, originally from Ancient Greek Ὠκεανός (Ōkeanós, “Oceanus”, a water deity).
Also commonly referred to as the ocean sea, the sea of ocean (compare Latin mare ōceanum; Old French mer oceane, occeanne mer). Compare Saterland Frisian Oceoan (“ocean”), West Frisian oseaan (“ocean”), Dutch oceaan (“ocean”), German Low German Ozeaan (“ocean”), German Ozean (“ocean”), Danish ocean (“ocean”), Swedish ocean (“ocean”), French océan (“ocean”), Italian oceano (“ocean”).
ocean (countable and uncountable, plural oceans)
- (countable) One of the large bodies of water separating the continents.
- (uncountable) Water belonging to an ocean.
- (figuratively) An immense expanse; any vast space or quantity without apparent limits.
- A blue colour, like that of the ocean (also called ocean blue).