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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Birders and nature enthusiasts can take in what is billed as one of the greatest bird migration stopover sites in the Great Lakes thanks to a fest in Porter and Chesterton. Jessi Virtusio, Post-Tribune, "Indiana Dunes birding festival offers full weekend of events," 2 May 2018 Set at the base of Sun Valley ski resort, this mountain town is probably best known as a winter vacation stopover. Aaron Gulley, Outside Online, "An Outdoor Enthusiast's Guide to Ketchum, Idaho," 11 July 2018 Try visiting one the country's most friendly cities or checking out Toronto on a stopover with Air Canada. Ryan Craggs, Condé Nast Traveler, "The 10 Safest Countries in the World," 5 July 2018 This week, McMicken, 39, was interviewed on the Dr. Dog bus while parked on Columbus Boulevard in Philadelphia, where the band was on a stopover between a date in Pittsburgh and three shows in Brooklyn. Dan Deluca,, "Dr. Dog return with 'Critical Equation,' get set to play biggest ever Philly show," 21 June 2018 Twenty-three women sailed in this edition of the race, which began in Alicante, Spain, in October and included 11 stopovers in cities including Cape Town and Hong Kong. Christopher Clarey, New York Times, "Open Waters?," 21 June 2018 In October 1976, a Cubana DC-8 bound for Havana blew up soon after taking off after a stopover in Barbados, killing all 73 people on board, including teenagers from Cuba’s national fencing team. Ellie Silverman, Washington Post, "Luis Posada Carriles, militant anti-communist who tried to overthrow Castro, dies at 90," 24 May 2018 That outbound fare can include a free stopover in Iceland for up to three nights — not including hotel, meals, etc. Gordon Dickson, star-telegram, "You can fly DFW to Europe for $99, but don't let these low-fare rules ruin the trip | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 16 May 2018 The new link with Perth — a 14,498-kilometer (9,009-mile) journey — is around three hours quicker than routes that involve stopovers in the Middle East to change planes or refuel. Fox News, "First direct flight from Australia to London touches down," 25 Mar. 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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