[ lahy-ter-ij ]
/ ˈlaɪ tər ɪdʒ /


the use of lighters in loading and unloading ships and in transporting goods for short distances.
a fee paid for lighter service.

Origin of lighterage

First recorded in 1475–85; lighter2 + -age Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for lighterage

  • Lighterage costs $1.25 per short ton, or six cents per cental.

  • Have they added a lot more lighters to their lighterage fleet?

    Cappy Ricks Retires|Peter B. Kyne
  • Some were "refund of terminal charges;" some were "lighterage demurrage;" some were allowances for damages.

  • This lighterage cost two dollars per ton, and had to be paid by the ship.

British Dictionary definitions for lighterage


/ (ˈlaɪtərɪdʒ) /


the conveyance or loading and unloading of cargo by means of a lighter
the charge for this service
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