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verb (used with or without object)
  1. to disembark.
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Origin of debark1

1645–55; < French débarquer, equivalent to dé- dis-1 + barque bark3 + -er infinitive suffix
Related formsde·bar·ka·tion [dee-bahr-key-shuh n] /ˌdi bɑrˈkeɪ ʃən/, noun
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Historical Examples

  • There is a concentration of dishonesty at the ports of embarkation and debarkation.

    Olla Podrida

    Frederick Marryat (AKA Captain Marryat)

  • The ship was, at this time, about forty miles from the port of debarkation.

    The Three Admirals

    W.H.G. Kingston

  • The debarkation of the troops will be covered by the cannon of the vessels.

  • The debarkation is said to have been a most splendid affair.

  • We were at Geneva at seven, and had the whole population to witness our debarkation.

    Pencillings by the Way

    N. Parker Willis

British Dictionary definitions for debarkation


  1. a less common word for disembark
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Derived Formsdebarkation (ˌdiːbɑːˈkeɪʃən), noun

Word Origin

C17: from French débarquer, from dé- dis 1 + barque barque


  1. (tr) to remove the bark from (a tree)
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Word Origin

C18: from de- + bark 2
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Word Origin and History for debarkation



1650s, from French débarquer (16c.), from de- (Old French des-; see dis-) + barque "bark" (see bark (n.2)).

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