har·​bor·​age ˈhär-bə-rij How to pronounce harborage (audio)

Examples of harborage in a Sentence

the city boasts one of the best deepwater harborages on the Atlantic coast the only harborage from the storm was a lone pine tree, which looked like it could get hit by lightning any minute
Recent Examples on the Web Regularly clean debris in gutters that provide moisture and harborage. Chandra Fleming, Detroit Free Press, 24 May 2023 First instars showed no significant preference for any colored harborage soon after hatching. Seriously Science, Discover Magazine, 28 Apr. 2016 In addition to food, roaches need harborage to thrive. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, 30 Mar. 2020

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Word History


harbor entry 1 + -age, replacing earlier and Middle English herbergage, borrowed from Anglo-French, "lodging, house, dwelling," from herberger "to lodge, shelter" or herberge "lodging, inn, camp" + -age -age — more at harbinger entry 1

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of harborage was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Harborage.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/harborage. Accessed 8 Dec. 2023.

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