road·​stead | \ ˈrōd-ˌsted How to pronounce roadstead (audio) \

Definition of roadstead

: a place less enclosed than a harbor where ships may ride at anchor

Examples of roadstead in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Anzio roadstead was thick with Allied ships, but the Germans owned the skies. Bartle Bull, WSJ, "‘Unsinkable’ Review: Set Ablaze, Still Fighting," 16 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of roadstead

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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25 Dec 2020

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“Roadstead.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jan. 2021.

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