[ dih-mur-ij ]
/ dɪˈmɜr ɪdʒ /

noun Commerce.

the detention in port of a vessel by the shipowner, as in loading or unloading, beyond the time allowed or agreed upon.
the similar undue detention of a railroad car, truck, etc.
a charge for such undue detention.

Nearby words

  1. demucosation,
  2. demulcent,
  3. demulsify,
  4. demur,
  5. demure,
  6. demurral,
  7. demurrer,
  8. demuth,
  9. demuth, charles,
  10. demutualize

Origin of demurrage

First recorded in 1635–45; demur + -age Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for demurrage


/ (dɪˈmʌrɪdʒ) /


the delaying of a ship, railway wagon, etc, caused by the charterer's failure to load, unload, etc, before the time of scheduled departure
the extra charge required as compensation for such delay
a fee charged by the Bank of England for changing bullion into notes

Word Origin for demurrage

C17: from Old French demorage, demourage; see demur

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Word Origin and History for demurrage



1640s, from Old French demorage, from demorer (see demur).

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