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tar·​mac ˈtär-ˌmak How to pronounce tarmac (audio)
: a tarmacadam road, apron, or runway


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used for a bituminous binder for roads

Examples of tarmac in a Sentence

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President Biden stood, hand over heart, on the cold, wet tarmac to pay his respects as the commander in chief. Kenny Holston, New York Times, 27 May 2024 On May 15, the over 12-foot reptile was spotted near the 6th Medical Group hospital at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Fla., a few weeks after the wild animal was caught blocking planes by lazing around the base's tarmac and relocated. Raven Brunner, Peoplemag, 21 May 2024 No plane sat on a tarmac waiting for Mario Cuomo, nor did Pat Buchanan declare a war for the soul of our nation. Matthew Continetti, National Review, 18 May 2024 On October 2, 2020, 13 Australian women were transiting through Doha airport in Qatar on their way to Sydney when they were taken off their Qatar Airways plane by members of the Qatari security services and subjected to physical examinations in ambulances on the airport tarmac. Jack Guy, CNN, 11 Apr. 2024 See all Example Sentences for tarmac 

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Word History



from Tarmac, a trademark

First Known Use


1919, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of tarmac was in 1919

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“Tarmac.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tarmac. Accessed 21 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition


tar·​mac ˈtär-ˌmak How to pronounce tarmac (audio)
: a road, apron, or runway paved with layers of crushed stone covered with tar

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