shore patrol

noun

Definition of shore patrol

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

Examples of shore patrol in a Sentence

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, "Unalaska prepares for visit by 1,000 Navy sailors and Marines," 26 Sep. 2019

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'shore patrol.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of shore patrol

1917, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about shore patrol

Time Traveler for shore patrol

Time Traveler

The first known use of shore patrol was in 1917

See more words from the same year

Statistics for shore patrol

Cite this Entry

“Shore patrol.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/shore%20patrol. Accessed 24 Sep. 2020.

Comments on shore patrol

What made you want to look up shore patrol? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Homophone Quiz

  • three bears two of them look like theyre whispering to a third bear who looks chuffed to be the center of attention
  • In order to judge how people felt, the senator's office hired a firm to take a ______.
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Add Diction

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!