sea·port | \ˈsē-ˌpȯrt \

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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Libyan seaports near Tripoli are just 180 miles from the Italian island of Lampedusa. Alissa J. Rubin, New York Times, "Libyan Factions Agree to Elections Despite Deep Divisions," 29 May 2018 Katmai is also just across the Shelikof Strait from Alaska’s Kodiak Island, the second largest island in the U.S. and home to a vibrant seaport and arts community of the same name. Laura Kiniry, Smithsonian, "The 20 Best Small Towns To Visit in 2018," 5 June 2018 The seaport figured heavily in Mr. Indiana’s early sculptures. Jori Finkel,, "Robert Indiana, 89; turned ‘Love’ into enduring art," 22 May 2018 Bustling prostitution industries sprang up around army bases and seaports, and soon the U.S. Navy was facing a full-on epidemic of venereal disease, Gordon explains. Carolyn Todd, Allure, "The History and Evolution of Birth Control in America," 12 July 2018 The four Arab nations also blocked their airspace and seaports to Qatar, while Saudi Arabia also cut off its only land border. Jon Gambrell, Fox News, "UAE offers its defense in Qatar lawsuit at UN high court," 28 June 2018 But the Humboldt inlet,which skirts the historic seaport of Eureka, isn’t nearly as developed. Richard Stenger,, "Everything you need to know about the oyster capital of California," 3 July 2018 The deal comes amid a surge in online retail commerce and growing cargo traffic that passes through South Florida’s seaports and airports. David Lyons,, "Industrial park developer buys 10.2 acres near airport from Broward school district," 22 June 2018 Turki al-Maliki, said the coalition plan was to take control of the airport, seaport and the route leading to the capital, Sana, but not to engage in urban warfare. Margaret Coker, New York Times, "As Saudis Go to War, the Crown Prince Attends a Soccer Match," 14 June 2018

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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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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 \

Kids Definition of seaport

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

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