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Origin of roadstead

First recorded in 1325–75, roadstead is from the Middle English word radestede. See road, stead Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for roadstead

Historical Examples of roadstead

  • About five it returned, gentle enough, enabling us to head for the roadstead.

    The Shadow-Line

    Joseph Conrad

  • In this roadstead, strange to us both, Burns and I remained on deck almost all the time.

  • The Gnat lay in the roadstead off Rathmullan, beyond reach that night.


    Talbot Baines Reed

  • To quit a port or roadstead, and proceed to the destination.

    The Sailor's Word-Book

    William Henry Smyth

  • It was dark by the time we brought up in the roadstead outside the harbour.

British Dictionary definitions for roadstead


  1. nautical another word for road (def. 5)
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