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or em·bar·ca·tion

[em-bahr-key-shuh n]
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  1. the act, process, or an instance of embarking.

Origin of embarkation

1635–45; < French embarcation < Spanish embarcación. See embark, -ation
Related formsnon·em·bar·ka·tion, nounre·em·bar·ka·tion, noun
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Examples from the Web for embarkation

Historical Examples

  • When Nicias had concluded his stirring appeal, the embarkation of the troops began.

    Stories from Thucydides

    H. L. Havell

  • That is why the Cabinet in London takes for granted an embarkation in September.

    The Snare

    Rafael Sabatini

  • She witnessed the first embarkation in a gunboat at Sheerness.

    The Last Voyage

    Lady (Annie Allnutt) Brassey

  • Mitchell's arrangements for the embarkation of the troops were excellent!

  • All our forces, disposable, are on the march for embarkation.

Word Origin and History for embarkation


1640s, from French embarcation, noun of action from embarquer (see embark).

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