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[air-pawrt, -pohrt]
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  1. a tract of land or water with facilities for the landing, takeoff, shelter, supply, and repair of aircraft, especially one used for receiving or discharging passengers and cargo at regularly scheduled times.
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Origin of airport1

1915–20; air1 + port1, on the model of seaport


[air-pawrt, -pohrt]
noun Nautical.
  1. a porthole designed to be opened to the outside air.
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Origin of airport2

First recorded in 1780–90; air1 + port4
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Related Words

runway, installation, airfield, airstrip, strip, hangar, heliport, airdrome, helipad

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British Dictionary definitions for airport


  1. a landing and taking-off area for civil aircraft, usually with surfaced runways and aircraft maintenance and passenger facilities
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Word Origin and History for airport


1919, from air (n.1) + port (n.1). First reference is to Bader Field, outside Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S., which opened in 1910.

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