port of call


a port visited briefly by a ship, usually to take on or discharge passengers and cargo or to undergo repairs.


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Origin of port of call

First recorded in 1880–85
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Example sentences from the Web for port of call

  • That was a new port to me, and it wasn't a port-of-call at all till the English took it.

    The Belted Seas|Arthur Colton
  • Despite her wealth Eloise was no different from the port-of-call girls.

    The Lani People|J. F. Bone

British Dictionary definitions for port of call

port of call


any port where a ship stops, excluding its home port
any place visited on a traveller's itinerary
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