[kab-uh-tij, kab-uh-tahzh]
navigation or trade along the coast.
Aviation. the legal restriction to domestic carriers of air transport between points within a country's borders.

1825–35; < French, derivative of caboter to sail coastwise, verbal derivative of Middle French cabo < Spanish cabo headland, cape2; see -age Unabridged
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cabotage (ˈkæbəˌtɑːʒ)
1.  nautical coastal navigation or shipping, esp within the borders of one country
2.  reservation to a country's carriers of its internal traffic, esp air traffic
[C19: from French, from caboter to sail near the coast, apparently from Spanish cabocape²]

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