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  1. that portion of a harbor or area outside a harbor suitable for anchoring or in which ships are permitted to anchor.
  2. a charge for occupying such an area.
  3. the act of anchoring or the state of being anchored.
  4. that to which anything is fastened.
  5. a means of anchoring or making fast.
  6. something that can be relied on: The Bible is her anchorage.
  7. (in a suspension bridge) a massive masonry or concrete construction securing a cable at each end.
  8. Dentistry.
    1. an abutment.
    2. the locking in of a tooth filling by means of an undercut.

Origin of anchorage

First recorded in 1400–50, anchorage is from the late Middle English word ankerage. See anchor, -age


  1. a seaport in S Alaska: earthquake 1964. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Related Words for anchorage

wharf, harbor, port, dock, slip, haven, refuge, roadstead

Examples from the Web for anchorage

Contemporary Examples of anchorage

Historical Examples of anchorage

  • There ought to have been a tranquil bark in such an anchorage, and there was.

    A Tale of Two Cities

    Charles Dickens

  • It pushed its way to the water at her very feet, and chose that as its anchorage.

    A Spirit in Prison

    Robert Hichens

  • Why else should she move from her anchorage thus in the dead of night?

    The Sea-Hawk

    Raphael Sabatini

  • The yacht had gone off to her anchorage, and we had to wait some time for a boat.

    The Last Voyage

    Lady (Annie Allnutt) Brassey

  • The anchorage is protected from all winds except those from the south-east.

    The Last Voyage

    Lady (Annie Allnutt) Brassey

British Dictionary definitions for anchorage


  1. the act of anchoring
  2. any place where a vessel is anchored
  3. a place designated for vessels to anchor
  4. a fee imposed for anchoring
  5. anything used as an anchor
  6. a source of security or strength
  7. something that supplies a secure hold for something else


  1. the cell or retreat of an anchorite


  1. the largest city in Alaska, a port in the south, at the head of Cook Inlet. Pop: 270 951 (2003 est)
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Word Origin and History for anchorage

mid-14c., "toll or charge for anchoring" (see anchor (v.) + -age. Meaning "act of dropping anchor, being at anchor" is from 1610s; that of "place suitable for anchoring" is from 1706. The Alaska city of Anchorage was founded 1914.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

anchorage in Medicine


  1. The surgical fixation of loose or prolapsed abdominal or pelvic organs.
  2. The part to which something is secured or stabilized.
  3. A tooth or an implanted tooth substitute to which a fixed or removable partial denture, crown, or restorative material is fastened.
  4. The resistance to displacement offered by an anatomical structure used to help move a tooth.
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anchorage in Culture


City in south-central Alaska; largest city in the state.

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