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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Many others thronged the airport terminal, hoping to land a seat on private flights, which began arriving on Thursday after floodwaters had receded from the tarmac. Kirk Semple, New York Times, "On Dorian-Battered Island, What’s Left? Virtually Nothing," 6 Sep. 2019 The man’s action triggered an alert that forced the partial evacuation of two of the airport’s terminals. Lori Aratani, Washington Post, "As many as 5,000 passengers at Munich Airport were affected by the shutdown, which lasted four hours. The airport is one of Germany’s busiest hubs.," 28 Aug. 2019 The cavernous food court in the student center often resembles an airport terminal during peak travel periods. San Diego Union-Tribune, "San Diego universities worry about growth, money, violence as fall classes begin," 26 Aug. 2019 Her American Airlines flight from California to Fort Walton Beach turned into a nightmarish weekend of flight delays, cancellations and intermittent sleep in airport terminals. Dallas News, "Canceled flights, wrecked vacations and leaky planes: Passenger frustrations rise as American Airlines struggles," 23 Aug. 2019 Passengers deplaned on the runway and were taken by bus to an airport terminal. Alejandro Serrano,, "Plane from Oakland to Honolulu evacuated after in-flight emergency declared before landing," 22 Aug. 2019 Bilson wrote in the caption, Instagramming a photo of her, tongue sticking out, with Brody in an airport terminal. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "Summer and Seth Forever! The O.C. Stars Just Had an Adorable Reunion," 14 Aug. 2019 Democrats on Tuesday criticized President Donald Trump over his response to the recent unrest in Hong Kong, where protesters clashed with police in riot gear in the city's main airport terminal. Dareh Gregorian, NBC News, "'Not foreign policy': Democrats blast Trump's tepid Hong Kong response," 14 Aug. 2019 Officers armed with pepper spray and batons confronted the protesters, who used luggage carts to barricade entrances to the airport terminal. Alex Pappas | Fox News, Fox News, "Trump says China ‘moving troops’ to Hong Kong border as police clash with protesters," 13 Aug. 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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