sea·​port | \ ˈsē-ˌpȯrt How to pronounce seaport (audio) \

Definition of seaport

: a port, harbor, or town accessible to seagoing ships

Examples of seaport in a Sentence

Boston is a major seaport in the northeastern U.S.
Recent Examples on the Web According to a report in FreightWaves, a trade publication, the containers will be brought to the pop-up ports, some 60 miles inland, by rail, where they’ll be picked up by trucks, reducing the traffic around the seaport. Aurora Almendral, Quartz, 1 Dec. 2021 Truck drivers, seaport slots and warehouse spaces are all in short supply, leading to costly delays and rising shipping rates for goods. Gabriel T. Rubin, WSJ, 10 Dec. 2021 Wilmington was the last key seaport that remained open and also served as a crucial link in the supply chain for Robert E. Lee’s Virginia army in the South. Rayna Reid, Essence, 1 Dec. 2021 The money won’t help unclog the severe congestion that’s creating seaport chaos at present, but the two say that modernizing ports and the truck and rail systems that serve them can prevent logistics nightmares in the future. Anita Chabria Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 29 Oct. 2021 Ginkgo’s main offices occupy a converted warehouse in Boston’s seaport district. New York Times, 24 Nov. 2021 The Cameron Art Museum was built on the site of the Battle of Forks Road, part of the Union campaign to take the South’s last seaport. Washington Post, 1 Nov. 2021 Once tests of the cranes are complete, Boston’s seaport will be able to handle huge cargo ships capable of carrying up to 14,500 standard shipping containers., 22 Oct. 2021 Now relatively rare, it is found around the town of Rota, a seaport on the Atlantic coast between Sanlúcar de Barrameda and Cadiz. Joseph V Micallef, Forbes, 6 Nov. 2021

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First Known Use of seaport

circa 1520, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of seaport was circa 1520

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21 Jan 2022

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“Seaport.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Jan. 2022.

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English Language Learners Definition of seaport

: a town or city with a harbor where ships stop to load and unload cargo : port


sea·​port | \ ˈsē-ˌpȯrt How to pronounce seaport (audio) \

Kids Definition of seaport

: a port, harbor, or town within reach of seagoing ships


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