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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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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The airport reported resuming flights shortly before 3 p.m. but delays could be expected. Fox News, "Plane landing at Newark airport blows tires, skids on runway," 16 June 2019 The airport had earlier reported no arrivals or departures because of the emergency. Ray Sanchez, CNN, "United Airlines flight skids off runway at Newark Liberty International Airport," 15 June 2019 Every whisky drinker—whether connoisseur or casual—needs a go-to bottle, a standby that will reliably reside behind every airport bar, in every hotel lobby, at every highbrow restaurant and lowbrow dive bar alike. Clay Dillow, Fortune, "The 6 Most Interesting New Whiskies You Should Be Drinking Right Now," 15 June 2019 The airport was about 75 miles from Gracianna Winery in Sonoma County. Scott Mcmurren, Anchorage Daily News, "In Eugene, Oregon, a good mood is ‘just a bike ride away’," 15 June 2019 Eventually, Jessica finds Trish in a Farmingdale airport on Long Island. Ariana Romero,, "Don't Have Time To Watch Jessica Jones Season 3? This Is How It Ends," 15 June 2019 The airport authority also agreed to repay Navistar $15,000 per acre of the 51-acre expansion. Paul Gattis |,, "Navistar plans $125 million Huntsville expansion, 145 new jobs," 14 June 2019 An airport in Burtonport offers 45-minute flights to Dublin. Eric Todisco,, "A Tiny Island Off the Coast of Ireland Is Asking Americans to Move There: See Photos," 14 June 2019 Twenty-six people were injured in the airport strike. Robin Wright, The New Yorker, "A Tanker War in the Middle East—Again?," 14 June 2019

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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 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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