trade route

noun

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 Iran has exported drone technology to Yemen’s Houthi rebels, smuggling parts on dhows that ply the trade routes from Iran to North Africa. Seth J. Frantzman, National Review, "The U.S. Risks Losing the Drone-War Arms Race," 4 May 2020 But the ocean lay beyond the reach of European sailors until the seventeenth century, when merchants sought new trade routes that forced them into the uncharted waters around the great capes. Lucy Jakub, Harper's Magazine, "A View to a Krill," 27 Apr. 2020 This triangular trade route was astonishingly lucrative. Bettye Kearse, Time, "I Feared My Enslaved Ancestors Had Been Dishonored in Death—But the African Burial Ground in New York City Tells a Different Story," 24 Mar. 2020 The threat of a trade war counterintuitively led to things like cross-border operators paying their banks for a form of insurance that trading partners would pay up and also for help financing new trade routes. Telis Demos, WSJ, "This Time, Trade Slowdown May Hurt for Banks," 3 Mar. 2020 But the ocean lay beyond the reach of European sailors until the seventeenth century, when merchants sought new trade routes that forced them into the uncharted waters around the great capes. Lucy Jakub, Harper's magazine, "A View to a Krill," 2 Mar. 2020 For centuries, trade routes have been carved, fortunes made, and people subjugated all for spice—nutmeg and pepper, saffron and cardamom, vanilla and cinnamon. Mackenzie Fegan, Bon Appétit, "Where You Buy Your Spices is Just As Important As How You Use Them," 22 May 2020 Indeed, the defense of trade routes and lines of communication are traditional military responsibilities. Leonard David, Scientific American, "NASA Proposes New Rules for Moon-Focused Space Race," 21 May 2020 Its true purpose is to place China at the hub of trade routes and communications networks. H. R. Mcmaster, The Atlantic, "The United States Needs a New China Strategy," 17 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of trade route

1828, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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11 Jun 2020

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“Trade route.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/trade%20route. Accessed 8 Jul. 2020.

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