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.

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Beijing sees Djibouti as part of its multitrillion-dollar Belt and Road Initiative that encompasses seaports in a range of nations, including Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Greece and Belgium. Costas Paris, WSJ, "China Tightens Grip on East African Port," 21 Feb. 2019 Friday’s explosion occurred on a stretch of the pipeline that runs from the seaport of Tuxpan, on Mexico’s Gulf Coast, to the Tula refinery. Robbie Whelan, WSJ, "Death Toll Rises to 85 From Mexican Pipeline Explosion," 20 Jan. 2019 Companies may try to fly in goods if backups hit seaports, and London Heathrow Airport is preparing by hoarding spare parts to make sure its equipment keeps working. Paul Page, WSJ, "Today’s Logistics Report: Shipping Fueling Up; Britain is Hoarding; Tesla Deliveries Stall," 5 Apr. 2019 The hosts of this tournament are Barawa FC, a team made up mostly of British-Somali diaspora members, their name inspired by a seaport town in Somalia that was recaptured in recent years from militants from al Shabaab. New York Times, "In Alternative World Cup for Would-be Nations, Karpatalya Beats North Cyprus," 9 June 2018 An armored Bundeswehr transport vehicle is cleaned on Sept. 16 in the German seaport of Emden, Lower Saxony, on Sept. 16. Daniel Michaels, WSJ, "NATO Dusts Off a Cold War Skill: Moving Troops," 24 Oct. 2018 Mack may be a quintessential American brand, but it’s owned by Volvo Group, which is based in this seaport on Sweden’s southwestern coast. Jack Ewing, New York Times, "Europe Retaliates Against Trump Tariffs," 21 June 2018 Rain frequently drenches the peaks jutting up against the country’s deepest ice-free seaport. Jacob Bunge, WSJ, "A Warming Climate Brings New Crops to Frigid Zones," 25 Nov. 2018 Similarly, landlocked nations are disadvantaged compared with nations with their own seaports. N. Gregory Mankiw, New York Times, "Why Economists Are Worried About International Trade," 16 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of seaport

circa 1520, in the meaning defined above

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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


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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