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home port

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  1. the port where a ship is registered.
  2. the port out of which a ship is operated but not necessarily registered.
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Origin of home port

First recorded in 1890–95
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for home port

Historical Examples

  • They stood round it and wrangled about what kind of vessel it was and what was its home-port.

    Pelle the Conqueror, Complete

    Martin Anderson Nexo

  • There it swings, blow high or low, in sleet and hail, until the ship reaches her home-port.

    Jan Vedder's Wife

    Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr