Origin of export

1475–85; < Latin exportāre to carry out, bear away, equivalent to ex- ex-1 + portāre to carry, bear
Related formsex·port·a·ble, adjectiveex·port·a·bil·i·ty, nounex·port·er, nounnon·ex·port·a·ble, adjectivesu·per·ex·port, nounsu·per·ex·port, verb (used with object)un·ex·port·a·ble, adjectiveun·ex·port·ed, adjectiveun·ex·port·ing, adjective
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Contemporary Examples of exporter

Historical Examples of exporter

  • He bids the exporter 4.86-1/2 for his lard bills, and gets the contract.

  • It is first as an exporter of frozen meat, and second as a shipper of wool.


    W. A. Hirst

  • Occasionally an exporter is caught and fined; but that does not stop the traffic.

    Our Vanishing Wild Life

    William T. Hornaday

  • He was a great merchant of the country, a wealthy importer and exporter.


    O. Henry

  • The limit in the downward direction to the price of exchange is the last margin of profit to the exporter as such.

British Dictionary definitions for exporter


noun (ˈɛkspɔːt)

(often plural)
  1. goods (visible exports) or services (invisible exports) sold to a foreign country or countries
  2. (as modifier)an export licence; export finance

verb (ɪkˈspɔːt, ˈɛkspɔːt)

to sell (goods or services) or ship (goods) to a foreign country or countries
(tr) to transmit or spread (an idea, social institution, etc) abroad
Compare import
Derived Formsexportable, adjectiveexportability, nounexporter, noun

Word Origin for export

C15: from Latin exportāre to carry away, from portāre to carry
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Word Origin and History for exporter



by 1610s; perhaps from late 15c., from Latin exportare "to carry out, send away," from ex- "away" (see ex-) + portare "carry" (see port (n.1)). The sense of "send out (commodities) from one country to another" is first recorded in English 1660s. The noun is from 1680s.

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