One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A group of medieval ports in Kent and East Sussex in south-eastern England, which were formerly allowed trading privileges in exchange for providing the bulk of England's navy. The five original Cinque Ports were Hastings, Sandwich, Dover, Romney, and Hythe; later Rye and Winchelsea were added.
From Old French cink porz, from Latin quinque portus ‘five ports’.
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