air·​port | \ ˈer-ˌpȯrt How to pronounce airport (audio) \

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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Examples of airport in a Sentence

the airport nearest us has plane service on only one major airline
Recent Examples on the Web Entering Hong Kong, a ten-hour wait at the airport is just the start Editor’s note: The Economist is making some of its most important coverage of the covid-19 pandemic freely available to readers of The Economist Today, our daily newsletter. The Economist, "Correspondent’s diary A view from the covid-19th floor," 2 May 2020 One of the 13 airports is San Francisco International. Chronicle Staff,, "Coronavirus news from the Bay Area: March 14-15," 24 Apr. 2020 But cargo planes are increasingly flying out of geographically remote airports, Mr. Harteveldt said. Amy Zipkin, New York Times, "As Online Buying Surges, So Do Noisy Cargo Flights," 15 Apr. 2020 American citizens in China and Iran are allowed to return home but are directed to one of 11 U.S. airports for medical screenings before being allowed in. Anna Giaritelli, Washington Examiner, "Hurricane Katrina task force commander: Trump handling of coronavirus 'dysfunctional'," 14 Apr. 2020 The strain is apparent in the terminals of both airports. Melissa Yeager, azcentral, "Phoenix Sky Harbor, Mesa Gateway airports get millions in coronavirus stimulus aid," 14 Apr. 2020 Kentucky’s network of world-class airports drive our economy and support good jobs. Chris Mayhew,, "Federal stimulus infuses $43 million into CVG to keep the Cincinnati/NKY airport operational," 14 Apr. 2020 An unanticipated problem was encountered, check back soon and try again Several major airlines are temporarily suspending flights in and out of New York City area airports as the state becomes the epicenter of the country's coronavirus outbreak. Cailey Rizzo, Travel + Leisure, "U.S. Airlines Slash Flights to and From NYC Amid Coronavirus Pandemic (Video)," 7 Apr. 2020 American Airlines will suspend more than 95% of flights in and out of New York-area airports for the next month the metropolitan region is the hardest hit by COVID-19 cases. Dallas News, "American Airlines axes most flights to New York area, the country’s COVID-19 epicenter," 6 Apr. 2020

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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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7 May 2020

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“Airport.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 May. 2020.

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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 How to pronounce airport (audio) \

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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