trading post


: a station of a trader or trading company established in a sparsely settled region where trade in products of local origin (such as furs) is carried on

Examples of trading post in a Sentence

The French set up a trading post on the coast. The town was first established as a trading post.
Recent Examples on the Web The evidence went back to 1870, when Belknap's wife promised businessman Caleb Marsh a lucrative military trading post in what is now Oklahoma. Kristina Abovyan, ABC News, 2 Feb. 2024 In Dakar, visiting Gorée Island, a former trading post for enslaved Africans — was an impactful start to our journey. Sarah Greaves-Gabbadon, Travel + Leisure, 29 Jan. 2024 Mike Henderson, 69, is a frequent trading post swapper in Niota, Tenn., who has listened to WYXI for 30 years. Sarah Baird, New York Times, 11 July 2023 The house was built in 1901 by Frank Stranahan and originally used as a trading post to trade with Seminole Indians. Miami Staff, Miami Herald, 30 Jan. 2024 In the 1870s a Viking trading post was discovered on the Swedish island of Björkö. Caroline Moorehead, WSJ, 13 Oct. 2023 During the 80-Years war and in its immediate aftermath, the Dutch established trading posts in Asia, Africa and in the Americas. Teju Cole, New York Times, 25 May 2023 Panama has long been seen more as a trading post than a destination. John Bowe, Travel + Leisure, 18 Oct. 2023 Organizers frequent community gathering locations such as flea markets, trading posts and medical centers to pick up clients. Arlyssa D. Becenti, The Arizona Republic, 17 Feb. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1773, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of trading post was in 1773

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“Trading post.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Mar. 2024.

Kids Definition

trading post

: a station or store of a trader or trading company established in a thinly settled region where local products (as furs) are exchanged for manufactured goods
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