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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The sanctions coincided with Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen’s stopover in the U.S., ahead of a visit to four Caribbean allies, a trip that has also prompted anger from Beijing. Philip Wen And William Mauldin, WSJ, "China to Sanction U.S. Companies for Arms Sales to Taiwan," 12 July 2019 Aaron Huang, acting spokesman for the de facto U.S. embassy in Taipei, said overall policy toward stopovers had not changed but declined to say why Tsai was given stops totaling four days. Ralph Jennings,, "In a snub to China, the U.S. lets Taiwan’s president spend some time in New York," 11 July 2019 The Dominican Republic is one of the Caribbean's top tourism destinations, with more than 6 million stopover tourists last year, including 2.2 million Americans, according to the Caribbean Tourism Organization. Ray Sanchez, CNN, "Dominican tourism minister calls spate of deaths 'exaggerated'," 21 June 2019 But more recently, serious investments in the arts are making Doha much more than a stopover destination. Jenna Scatena, Condé Nast Traveler, "Why Doha Is Much More Than a Stopover Destination," 4 June 2019 Hailing from Surat, a textile hub in the western Indian state of Gujarat, Kabra knew all along that global shores were only a temporary stopover for him. Sangeeta Tanwar, Quartz India, "A young, US-educated entrepreneur is giving Indian men’s underwear a makeover," 31 July 2019 While some were genuine, like in the case of one of Nigeria’s most prominent software engineers, many others were likely oversold with Nigerians deliberately avoiding flights with stopovers in countries believed to be cross-hairs of Trump. Yomi Kazeem, Quartz Africa, "Trump’s clampdown on US visas for Nigerians is cultivating fear—and “fake news”," 17 July 2019 The sea route to England—via the Cape of Good Hope in South Africa, with a stopover at St Helena, an island in the mid-Atlantic Ocean—was popular at the time. Anu Kumar, Quartz India, "An 18th-century British merchant’s account of how the empire ruled India," 26 July 2019 More than 100 miles from mainland South Korea but less than 10 from North Korea, the island is an important stopover for birds en route to North Korea from China or Southeast Asia. Victoria Kim, Los Angeles Times, "Can birds help connect North Korea to the world?," 19 July 2019

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First Known Use of stopover

1885, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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