[ kab-uh-tij, kab-uh-tahzh ]
/ ˈkæb ə tɪdʒ, ˌkæb əˈtɑʒ /


navigation or trade along the coast.
Aviation. the legal restriction to domestic carriers of air transport between points within a country's borders.

Origin of cabotage

1825–35; < French, derivative of caboter to sail coastwise, verbal derivative of Middle French cabo < Spanish cabo headland, cape2; see -age Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for cabotage

/ (ˈkæbəˌtɑːʒ) /


nautical coastal navigation or shipping, esp within the borders of one country
reservation to a country's carriers of its internal traffic, esp air traffic

Word Origin for cabotage

C19: from French, from caboter to sail near the coast, apparently from Spanish cabo cape ²
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