shore patrol


: a branch of a navy that exercises guard and police functions compare military police
: petty officers detailed to perform police duty while a ship is in port

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web An extra 1,000 people in town presents challenges to the local police department, and Lucking expects the Navy will help out by allowing shore patrol officers to ride in the department’s patrol vehicles. Author: Jim Paulin, Anchorage Daily News, 26 Sep. 2019

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Word History

First Known Use

1917, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of shore patrol was in 1917

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Cite this Entry

“Shore patrol.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

shore patrol

: a branch of a navy with guard and police functions
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