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[kab-uh-tij, kab-uh-tahzh]
  1. navigation or trade along the coast.
  2. Aviation. the legal restriction to domestic carriers of air transport between points within a country's borders.
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Origin of cabotage

1825–35; < French, derivative of caboter to sail coastwise, verbal derivative of Middle French cabo < Spanish cabo headland, cape2; see -age
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Historical Examples

  • And navigation, cabotage excepted, must be open to merchantmen of all nations, but foreign men-of-war need not be admitted.

    International Law. A Treatise. Volume I (of 2)

    Lassa Francis Oppenheim

British Dictionary definitions for cabotage


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

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