air·​port | \ˈer-ˌpȯrt \

Definition of airport 

: a place from which aircraft operate that usually has paved runways and maintenance facilities and often serves as a terminal

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Synonyms for airport


aerodrome [chiefly British], airdrome, airfield, field

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Examples of airport in a Sentence

the airport nearest us has plane service on only one major airline

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In New York, there were Away billboards; in Chicago, ads at the airport. Chavie Lieber, Vox, "When the “best” busts: the spectacular rise and fall of smart luggage startup Raden," 12 Dec. 2018 First up, the bride and groom arrived at the airport to massive crowds and were looking happy and radiant. Abby Gardner, Glamour, "See All the Celebrity Guests Arriving for Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas' Wedding Weekend," 29 Nov. 2018 Readers rave about help during wildfires, rant about noisy people at the airportRAVE To all the brave and caring people who are helping to save the animals in California’s ravaging wildfires. Seattle Times Readers, The Seattle Times, "Rant & Rave: Thanks to everyone helping during wildfires," 21 Nov. 2018 If that isn't enough, Miley and Liam were spotted together AGAIN at an airport YESTERDAY. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "4 Signs Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth Are Still Together Despite Breakup Rumors," 19 July 2018 The Elgin O’Hare Western Access project where construction is underway to widen the existing expressway, extend it east to O’Hare, and add an expressway around the western side of the airport from I-90 to 294. Susan Demar Lafferty, Daily Southtown, "I-80 improvements deemed 'critical' in regional transportation plan," 3 July 2018 The group included some flight attendants who were part of the 2007 study, and new participants recruited at five large U.S. airports, from airline unions and using social media. Conor Shine, ajc, "US flight attendants show higher rates of some cancers, study says," 26 June 2018 On Thursday night, thousands of people were stranded at Charlotte Douglas airport from the computer glitch. Kendall Morris, Kj Hiramoto, USA TODAY, "American Airlines: Regional flights snarled in Charlotte, again ...," 18 June 2018 Staffers are transported to the camp from motels near the El Paso airport, where the tour buses take pains to park on side roads, far from view. Garance Burke And Martha Mendoza, The Seattle Times, "US waived FBI checks on staff at growing teen migrant camp," 28 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of airport

1902, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of airport was in 1902

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English Language Learners Definition of airport

: a place where aircraft land and take off and where there are buildings for passengers to wait in and for aircraft to be sheltered


air·​port | \ˈer-ˌpȯrt \

Kids Definition of airport

: a place where aircraft land and take off and where there are usually buildings for passengers to wait in and for aircraft and equipment to be kept

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