Meaning of “harbour” in the English Dictionary

"harbour" in British English

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harbournoun [ C or U ]

UK US harbor uk /ˈhɑː.bər/ us /ˈhɑːr.bɚ/

B1 an area of water next to the coast, often protected from the sea by a thick wall, where ships and boats can shelter:

Our hotel room overlooked a pretty little fishing harbour.

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  • He has a house down by the harbour.
  • The Central harbour area will be closed to all marine traffic from 3.45 p.m. to 4.30 p.m.
  • The harbour walls need urgent reinforcement.
  • It was a pretty town with a picturesque harbour and well-preserved buildings.
  • In the harbour, the boats bobbed gently up and down on the water.

harbourverb [ T ]

UK US harbor uk /ˈhɑː.bər/ us /ˈhɑːr.bɚ/

(Definition of “harbour” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"harbour" in Business English

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harbournoun [ C ]

US harbor uk /ˈhɑːbər/ us TRANSPORT

an area of water near land where ships can stay safely and which may have equipment and services for shipping

(Definition of “harbour” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)