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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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.
Recent Examples on the Web No species to be seen here are included, except for whooping cranes, making rare stopover visits to Minnesota. Jim Williams, Star Tribune, "'Red List' report rates birds' endangerment status," 16 Feb. 2021 In late December, a cargo pilot for Taiwan’s EVA Air landed in Taiwan's capital of Taipei for a short stopover from the United States. Grady Mcgregor, Fortune, "Taiwan was a COVID-19-free haven—then the virus snuck back in," 22 Jan. 2021 His career averages are 21.2 points and 10.9 rebounds in 565 games after a one-season stopover at Kentucky between LeFlore and the NBA. Mark Inabinett |, al, "Alabama Roots: First-round history at hand in NBA Draft," 18 Nov. 2020 In a season already marked by an asterisk, having been conducted amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Newton’s stopover in New England might end up sharing that same strange spot in our memory banks. Tara Sullivan,, "If that was Cam Newton’s last game with the Patriots, it wasn’t a bad way to go out," 4 Jan. 2021 Her stopover comes as the coronavirus pandemic continues to cause economic devastation throughout the nation. Carly Roman, Washington Examiner, "Ivanka Trump partners with Miami church to distribute food before the holidays," 23 Dec. 2020 Rohr Industries is also an aerospace company, with a brief stopover in public transit during the boom of the 1960s and 1970s. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "High-Speed Hovertrains Could've Changed How We Travel. Why Didn't They Work?," 10 Nov. 2020 The birds that stayed in the test area showed less ability to improve body condition during the stopover, the report said. Jim Williams, Star Tribune, "Reduced traffic levels have birds singing a slightly different tune," 20 Oct. 2020 During a three-day stopover in March 1521, Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan killed Indigenous Chamoru people and erroneously labeled the Marianas Islas de los Ladrones (Islands of Thieves). Melissa Findley, National Geographic, "Destinations on the rise for 2021," 20 Nov. 2020

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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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22 Feb 2021

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“Stopover.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Mar. 2021.

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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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