stop·​over | \ ˈstäp-ˌō-vər \

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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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 The gateway to the Central Valley is a stopover spot to fill up the tank outside of Los Angeles, full of oil drillers and farmers. Washington Post, "From Bakersfield to DC, McCarthy’s unlikely rise in GOP," 7 May 2018 According to reports, the plane made the stopover in Tulsa because there were passengers already onboard the plane when it had been diverted to the Will Rogers Airport in OKC. Alexandra Deabler, Fox News, "ViaAir passengers claim airline stranded them 450 miles from destination, denied compensation," 8 Aug. 2018 Some even wondered whether he might be seized by Pakistani agents during his stopover in Abu Dhabi, where the airline is based. The Economist, "Nawaz Sharif returns to Pakistan, and jail," 14 July 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 \

Kids Definition of stopover

: a stop made during a journey

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