home port


the port where a ship is registered.
the port out of which a ship is operated but not necessarily registered.

Origin of home port

First recorded in 1890–95
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for home port

  • There it swings, blow high or low, in sleet and hail, until the ship reaches her home-port.

    Jan Vedder's Wife|Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr
  • They stood round it and wrangled about what kind of vessel it was and what was its home-port.

    Pelle the Conqueror, Complete|Martin Anderson Nexo