verb (used with object)
Origin of deport
British Dictionary definitions for deportee (1 of 2)
British Dictionary definitions for deportee (2 of 2)
Word Origin for deport
Word Origin and History for deportee (1 of 2)
Meaning "banish" is first recorded 1640s, from Modern French déporter, from Latin deportare "carry off, transport, banish, exile," from de- in its sense of "off, away" + portare "to carry" (but associated by folk etymology with portus "harbor"). "The two branches are treated by Darmesteter as historically distinct words in French" [OED]. Related: Deported; deporting.