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[air-pawrt, -pohrt] /ˈɛərˌpɔrt, -ˌpoʊrt/
a tract of land or water with facilities for the landing, takeoff, shelter, supply, and repair of aircraft, especially one used for receiving or discharging passengers and cargo at regularly scheduled times.
Origin of airport1
1915-20; air1 + port1, on the model of seaport


[air-pawrt, -pohrt] /ˈɛərˌpɔrt, -ˌpoʊrt/
noun, Nautical
a porthole designed to be opened to the outside air.
1780-90; air1 + port4 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for airport
  • Generally, these meetings are held in a conference room at an airport hotel.
  • Casual comments on the way to the airport inevitably find their way back to the search committee.
  • New airport x-ray sees through clothes without revealing details.
  • You're outside the airport now, waiting impatiently for a cab along with dozens of other people.
  • It would allow pilots to seek a safe path to an airport, near to their destination, if not to the original airport itself.
  • But he could identify roads, airport runways and irrigation ditches simply because they stood out in their environments.
  • No one knows how many people have died or suffered serious health consequences from the stress and anxiety of airport screening.
  • Heck new airport scanner generate biometric could double check shirt and shoes are the correct size.
  • Yes, it is possible to have an empty water bottle confiscated at an airport.
  • As any expat will tell you, there is nothing more boring than listening to someone rave or fume about an airport experience.
British Dictionary definitions for airport


a landing and taking-off area for civil aircraft, usually with surfaced runways and aircraft maintenance and passenger facilities
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Word Origin and History for airport

1919, from air (n.1) + port (n.1). First reference is to Bader Field, outside Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S., which opened in 1910.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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