lighterage

noun
ligh·​ter·​age | \ ˈlī-tə-rij How to pronounce lighterage (audio) \

Definition of lighterage

1 : the loading, unloading, or transportation of goods by means of a lighter
2 : a price paid for lightering

First Known Use of lighterage

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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