a yard or enclosure in which ships are built or repaired.

Origin of shipyard

First recorded in 1690–1700; ship1 + yard2 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for shipyard

Contemporary Examples of shipyard

Historical Examples of shipyard

  • The acquisition of every shipyard in the country was also contemplated as a contingency.

  • I happened to be near the shipyard at the time, and assisted in carrying him home.

    Little By Little

    William Taylor Adams

  • He worked in a shipyard for a bit, then I took him as a sort of errand boy and porter.

  • In the meantime, the shipyard had been laid out and was taking shape.

    Space Viking

    Henry Beam Piper

  • And we'd need a shipyard, capable of any kind of heavy repair work.

    Space Viking

    Henry Beam Piper

British Dictionary definitions for shipyard



a place or facility for the building, maintenance, and repair of ships
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Word Origin and History for shipyard

c.1700, from ship (n.) + yard (n.1).

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