stop·​over | \ ˈstäp-ˌō-vər How to pronounce stopover (audio) \

Definition of stopover

1 : a stop at an intermediate point in one's journey
2 : a stopping place on a journey

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Synonyms for stopover


layover, stop

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Examples of stopover in a Sentence

The city is a favorite stopover for tourists. I've been to Belgium—if you count a stopover in Brussels on my way to Istanbul.

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Greece Shutterstock Located in the picturesque island of Santorini in the South Aegean, Oia is a photogenic stopover with a colorful maze of shops, restaurants, and cafes. Megan Barber, Curbed, "The 25 most colorful cities in the world," 19 Feb. 2019 Just two hours from Paris by train, Lyon makes an easy one- or two-night stopover. Rick Steves' Europe, The Seattle Times, "Loving Lyon: France’s culinary capital is off the tourist path," 20 Feb. 2019 His destination for Spring 2019 was the 1980s, with a stopover at the Avenue Marceau atelier of Yves Saint Laurent. Laird Borrelli-persson, Vogue, "Vogue Runway Did a Ten-Year Fashion Challenge: Check Out the Results Here," 30 Jan. 2019 China, which believes Tsai wants to push for Taiwan’s formal independence, has already complained to the United States about her American stopovers, which include Houston on her way back. Christopher Carbone, Fox News, "Taiwan's president says no one can 'obliterate' country's existence ahead of US visit," 12 Aug. 2018 And nowhere else in the world have scientists found so many shorebirds carrying diverse flu strains as when red knots, ruddy turnstones and other species make their migratory stopover at this bay nestled between New Jersey and Delaware. Washington Post, "Bird flu hot spot: Scientists track virus in huge migration," 28 June 2018 The newlyweds were recently seen at LAX during a stopover while traveling to the South Pacific. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "This Is Where Pippa Middleton Is Reportedly Spending Her Honeymoon," 22 May 2017 For most people, the Denver International Airport (DIA) is a stopover on the way to a final destination or a Mile High City vacation. Megan Barber, Curbed, "Denver airport construction signs poke fun at conspiracy rumors," 7 Sep. 2018 The apartment was likely a stopover before they were moved elsewhere. Bassem Mroue, Fox News, "Clues but no answers in one of Syria war's biggest mysteries," 13 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of stopover

1885, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of stopover was in 1885

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English Language Learners Definition of stopover

: a brief period of time when you stop at a place during a journey also : a place where a stopover occurs


stop·​over | \ ˈstäp-ˌō-vər How to pronounce stopover (audio) \

Kids Definition of stopover

: a stop made during a journey

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