verb (used without object)

to go ashore from a ship.
to leave an aircraft or other vehicle.

verb (used with object)

to remove or unload (cargo or passengers) from a ship, aircraft, or other vehicle.

Origin of disembark

1575–85; < Middle French desembarquer, equivalent to des- dis-1 + embarquer to embark
Related formsdis·em·bar·ka·tion [dis-em-bahr-key-shuh n] /dɪsˌɛm bɑrˈkeɪ ʃən/, dis·em·bark·ment, noun
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Historical Examples of disembarkation

  • Until these look-outs returned he would permit no disembarkation from his ships.



  • Details as to disembarkation of these horses will be forwarded to you later.

  • Hippias made all the arrangements, and superintended the disembarkation.

    Darius the Great

    Jacob Abbott

  • They take pride in making a time-record in disembarkation and entraining of patients.

    Some Naval Yarns

    Mordaunt Hall

  • Under cover of the cannonading, the disembarkation of the troops began.

British Dictionary definitions for disembarkation



to land or cause to land from a ship, aircraft, etcseveral passengers disembarked; we will disembark the passengers
Derived Formsdisembarkation (dɪsˌɛmbɑːˈkeɪʃən) or disembarkment, noun
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Word Origin and History for disembarkation



1580s, from Middle French desembarquer, from des- (see dis-) + embarquer (see embark). Related: Disembarkation; disembarked; disembarking.

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