Definition of harbour noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



(especially US English harbor) noun
BrE BrE//ˈhɑːbə(r)//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈhɑːrbər//
Travelling by boat or ship
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[countable, uncountable] an area of water on the coast, protected from the open sea by strong walls, where ships can shelter Several boats lay at anchor in the harbour. to enter/leave harbour Wordfinderbeach, coast, harbour, pier, sandbank, sea, shoreline, surf, tide, wave See related entries: Travelling by boat or ship Word Originlate Old English herebeorg ‘shelter, refuge’, herebeorgian ‘occupy shelter’, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch herberge and German Herberge, also to French auberge ‘inn’; see also harbinger.Extra examples The fishing fleet is in harbour. The town has a small natural harbour. They entered the harbour with flags flying. We sailed out of the harbour at daybreak. She felt as though she’d reached a safe harbour after sailing in a vast, unfriendly sea. The ships were safely in harbour. We landed in a natural sheltered harbour. the harbour front/​mouth/​wall the old harbour town of Watchet

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