pi·​lot·​age ˈpī-lə-tij How to pronounce pilotage (audio)
: the action or business of piloting
: the compensation paid to a licensed ship's pilot

Examples of pilotage in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The pilot house had been torn down and hauled away after the pilots decided to relocate upriver in Venice, marking the end of an era of pilotage. New York Times, 8 Feb. 2021 After the war, private interests vied to reinvigorate trade by circumventing the river’s silting problem, along with its high pilotage fees. Richard Campanella, NOLA.com, 1 Jan. 2021

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1618, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of pilotage was circa 1618

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“Pilotage.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pilotage. Accessed 3 Dec. 2023.

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