space·​port ˈspās-ˌpȯrt How to pronounce spaceport (audio)
: an installation for testing and launching spacecraft

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Thanks to a mild winter, construction on roads for a Canadian spaceport continued throughout the season, spaceQ reports. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, 7 Apr. 2023 Then, up next, continuing with our aerospace theme, a debate over whether a spaceport should operate out of a previously undisturbed area in Georgia. CNN, 13 Feb. 2023 The European Space Agency (ESA) regularly launches spacecraft to Earth orbit and beyond aboard its Ariane 5 rocket from a spaceport in French Guiana in South America. Jeffrey Kluger, Time, 10 Jan. 2023 Cosmonauts Oleg Artemyev, Denis Matveev and Sergey Korsakov are scheduled to launch aboard a Soyuz rocket and capsule at 11:55 a.m. ET from Russia's spaceport, the Baikonur Cosmodrome, in southern Kazakhstan. NBC News, 18 Mar. 2022 New Zealand hosts a spaceport. William J. Broad,, 25 Jan. 2021 Virgin Orbit’s last mission in January was a launch of nine satellites from a British coastal town that, until weeks before liftoff, had only a concrete slab at its spaceport. Samantha Masunaga, Los Angeles Times, 4 Apr. 2023 There’s a similar mixture here, including Nanjiani, Flea as Vect, filmmaker Benny Safdie (Uncut Gems) as Nari, the return of Joel Edgerton as Uncle Owen, and even a Temuera Morrison cameo as the homeless clone trooper panhandling at the Daiyu spaceport. Alan Sepinwall, Rolling Stone, 27 May 2022 Russia has sought to reduce its dependence on Baikonur by building a new spaceport, the Vostochny Cosmodrome in eastern Russia near the Chinese border, but the project has been bogged down by construction problems, delays, and corruption scandals. WIRED, 20 Mar. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1930, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of spaceport was in 1930

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“Spaceport.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 2023.

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space·​port ˈspā-ˌspō(ə)rt How to pronounce spaceport (audio)
: a place for testing and launching spacecraft

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