en·​tre·​pôt ˈäⁿ(n)-trə-ˌpō How to pronounce entrepôt (audio)
: an intermediary center of trade and transshipment

Examples of entrepôt in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This is the Aleppo of the Ottoman Empire at the turn of the 20th century, a teeming commercial entrepot and cross-cultural hub where Muslims, Christians and Jews fractiously but profitably coexisted. Sam Sacks, WSJ, 21 July 2023 But the oil-rich capital home to the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque long has been more conservative than the entrepot of Dubai, whose vast array of bars, lounges and nightclubs offer imbibers a moment for a quiet beer or a shouting, bass-thumping party complete with sparkler-laden Champagne bottles. Jon Gambrell, Star Tribune, 21 Sep. 2020 Much of central Shashamene, a booming entrepot some 200km south, was burned to the ground. The Economist, 1 Aug. 2020 His children are now at the age (early 30s) when in years past the Sassoons, an Asian trading dynasty, would dispatch them to entrepots to advance the family concern. The Economist, 7 Nov. 2019 That faith, already shaken during weeks of political protests against the entrepot’s pro-Beijing government, is in tatters following China’s treatment of Cathay Pacific, an airline based in Hong Kong. The Economist, 22 Aug. 2019 Singapore is a trading entrepot, with a big and busy port. The Economist, 1 Aug. 2019 Occult-minded visitors streamed in and added their own legends and theories, and today Mount Shasta is an entrepot for all things New Age. Brian Coyne, SFChronicle.com, 11 July 2019 Fibonacci lived in a professional entrepot then called Bugia, not as a warrior or an enemy, but as a regular person and student who respected his teachers. Josephine Livingstone, The New Republic, 11 June 2019

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Word History


French, from Middle French entrepost, from entreposer to put between, from entre- inter- + poser to pose, put

First Known Use

1732, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of entrepôt was in 1732

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Cite this Entry

“Entrepôt.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/entrep%C3%B4t. Accessed 23 Apr. 2024.

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