Pearl Harbor


Pearl Harbor

noun

Definition of PEARL HARBOR

:  a surprise attack often with devastating effect

Origin of PEARL HARBOR

Pearl Harbor, Oahu, Hawaii, American naval station attacked without warning by the Japanese on December 7, 1941
First Known Use: 1942

Pearl Harbor

geographical name

Definition of PEARL HARBOR

inlet Hawaii on S coast of Oahu W of Honolulu; site of United States Navy base

Pearl Harbor

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Inlet, southern coast of Oahu island, Hawaii, U.S. It lies 6 mi (10 km) west of Honolulu, forming a landlocked harbour connected with the Pacific Ocean. In 1887 Hawaii granted the U.S. the exclusive use of the harbour as a coaling and repair station, and in 1908 a naval station was established. In 1941 the harbour was attacked without warning by the Japanese air force, causing great loss of life and precipitating U.S. entry into World War II. It is now the headquarters of the U.S. Pacific Fleet.

Browse

Next Word in the Dictionary: pearl hominy
Previous Word in the Dictionary: pearl gray
All Words Near: Pearl Harbor

Seen & Heard

What made you want to look up Pearl Harbor? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).