sea·​port ˈsē-ˌpȯrt How to pronounce seaport (audio)
: 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.
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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1520, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of seaport was circa 1520

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“Seaport.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Sep. 2023.

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sea·​port -ˌpō(ə)rt How to pronounce seaport (audio)
: a port, harbor, or town within reach of seagoing ships
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