cabotage

noun
cab·​o·​tage | \ ˈka-bə-ˌtäzh How to pronounce cabotage (audio) \

Definition of cabotage

1 : trade or transport in coastal waters or airspace or between two points within a country
2 : the right to engage in cabotage

Did you know?

Coastlines were once so important to the French that they came up with a verb to name the act of sailing along a coast: caboter. That verb gave rise to the French noun cabotage, which named trade or transport along a coast. In the 16th century, the French legally limited their lucrative coastal trade, declaring that only French ships could trade in French ports. They called the right to conduct such trading cabotage too. Other nations soon embraced both the concept of trade restrictions and the French name for trading rights, and expanded the idea to inland trade as well.

Examples of cabotage in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This year a ban on cruises in Canada until February 2022, coupled with U.S. cabotage laws (which deal with trade or transport in coastal waters), appears to have scuttled the season for a second time. Fran Golden, Anchorage Daily News, 26 Apr. 2021 The case involved the U.S. law that generally prohibits a foreign airline from carrying passengers between two cities in the U.S., which is called cabotage. Bart Jansen, USA TODAY, 30 Mar. 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'cabotage.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of cabotage

1801, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for cabotage

French, from caboter to sail along the coast

Learn More About cabotage

Time Traveler for cabotage

Time Traveler

The first known use of cabotage was in 1801

See more words from the same year

Listen to Our Podcast About cabotage

Dictionary Entries Near cabotage

Cabot's tern

cabotage

cabotinage

See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for cabotage

Cite this Entry

“Cabotage.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cabotage. Accessed 17 May. 2022.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

More from Merriam-Webster on cabotage

Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about cabotage

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Which Word Does Not Belong?

  • one green toy robot amidst many red toy robots
  • Which of these words does not mean "nonsense"?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!