trade route


Definition of trade route

1 : one of the sea-lanes ordinarily used by merchant ships
2 : a route followed by traders (as in caravans)

Examples of trade route in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Since 2013, China has heavily invested in more than 100 foreign nations–largely developing countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America–through its Belt and Road Initiative, meant to be a modern reimagining of the ancient Silk Road trade route. Carlie Porterfield, Forbes, 26 June 2022 Crossing the watershed where melting snow can run away to the North Sea, the Mediterranean or even the Black Sea, the Bernina Pass is the highest rail crossing in the Alps, following an ancient trade route. Ben Jones, CNN, 9 May 2022 Major shipping companies have suspended cargo routes to the country, closing off another trade route. Denise Roland, WSJ, 12 Mar. 2022 The top-shelf Brunello will be an especially welcome treat after a few days of hiking or biking parts of the nearby Via Francigena, an ancient trade route that extends from Canterbury, England, to Rome. Kassondra Cloos, Outside Online, 4 Apr. 2019 Kroran was an ancient city there along China’s Silk Road trade route linking it to the Middle East. Diane Bellcolumnist, San Diego Union-Tribune, 21 June 2022 With Russia’s disruption of the Black Sea trade route contributing to rising global food prices and shortages of corn and wheat, U.S. Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken on Wednesday urged Russia to end its blockade of Ukraine’s ports. Los Angeles Times, 11 May 2022 The Gaza Strip was once home to the Canaanite settlement and a trade route between civilizations. Asha C. Gilbert, USA TODAY, 27 Apr. 2022 Indeed, the Suez Canal–Indian Ocean–South China Sea trade route is one of the world’s busiest, and a route upon which all U.S. allies in the Indo-Pacific rely. Seth Cropsey, National Review, 18 Feb. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of trade route

1828, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Trade route.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Aug. 2022.

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