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 The Israeli military has been on a high level of defensive alert, and according to Amos Harel, a prominent Israeli military affairs correspondent, an aerial defense battery of Patriot missiles was deployed in Israel’s southern seaport of Eilat., "Intense Israeli Strikes in East Syria; Region on High Alert," 13 Jan. 2021 For Rotterdam, Europe’s largest seaport, 10% of its business is with the U.K. Max Colchester, WSJ, "Britain, EU Prepare Borders for Life After Brexit," 24 Dec. 2020 Diego Ibarra Sánchez, who lives in Beirut, Lebanon, had just left the city to vacation in Spain when a blast at the seaport shook his home city. The New York Times, New York Times, "A Year Like No Other," 8 Dec. 2020 Three American firms are among companies to officially indicate interest in bidding for Israel’s largest seaport, following a push by the U.S. government. Ivan Levingston,, "U.S. Firms Interested in Israel Port After Passing Last Time," 29 Oct. 2020 The Turkish firm serves as an umbrella organization for five companies that are building their first car factory in Gemlik, a seaport town near the country’s automobile manufacturing hub of Bursa. Ercan Ersoy,, "Turkey’s Domestic Carmaker Picks China’s Farasis for Batteries," 20 Oct. 2020 In 2015, under Beijing's Belt and Road trade and infrastructure scheme, China turned Gwadar into the deepest seaport in the world. Sophia Saifi, Saleem Mehsud And Syed Ali Shah, CNN, "Attack on oil company convoy kills 14 in Pakistan," 15 Oct. 2020 The explosion hit Beirut’s seaport and was reportedly felt as far as 150 miles away in Cyprus, according to multiple media reports. Hanna Flanagan,, "Courteney Cox, Sofia Vergara and More Stars Support Designer Zuhair Murad's Beirut Relief Efforts," 19 Aug. 2020 In this Baltic seaport, with a history of trading goods, people, and ideas dating to the Middle Ages, perhaps not revolution but certainly rebellion is still alive. National Geographic, "40 years after Solidarity, Gdańsk's rebellious spirit still inspires Poland," 11 Aug. 2020

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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 2021

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“Seaport.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jan. 2021.

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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


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Kids Definition of seaport

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

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