One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A port, city, or other center to which goods are brought for import and export, and for collection and distribution.
- ‘If primarily they were entrepôts for foreign traders, it is becoming increasingly apparent that they developed commercial hinterlands extending far inland.’
- ‘Ground-nut oil and palm oil were exported from Senegal, and Saigon was occupied after a war with China in 1858-60 as an entrepôt for the import of raw silk destined for Lyons.’
- ‘Hong Kong was the biggest source of foreign investment in China, but this reflected the island's importance as a trade entrepôt as much as its importance as a separate source of new technology.’
- ‘It is only a few miles, but it's a transition from a dowdy, reactionary, seaside resort to a busy, wired-up entrepôt, connected to Europe and the modern world.’
- ‘Venice, the great entrepôt of trade with the east, probably issued regulations as early as 1127, and was the first city to issue a complete quarantine code in 1448.’
- ‘Around 120 BC, Ptolemaic Egypt pioneered coastal and then, once the seasonal wind patterns were mastered, open-ocean sea routes to India, making Alexandria a key entrepôt for the eastern trade with the Mediterranean.’
- ‘Korea and Taiwan industrialized in the 1950s through import-substitution, and Singapore and Hong Kong were initially commercial entrepôts.’
- ‘Singapore, incidentally, is one of the world's greatest entrepôts for spices, so has unrivalled resources in this respect.’
- ‘Bristol, with its vital link with Bordeaux, was rapidly becoming the entrepôt of late medieval Severnside; whilst York, Coventry, and especially London were centres of international trade.’
- ‘Thus, while Britain squabbled with the USA and attacked Denmark in 1807, the French turned their attention to Portugal, which was an important entrepôt.’
- ‘Although its population grew, as an entrepôt for the China trade it was soon outstripped in importance by Shanghai.’
- ‘Gradually, their entrepôt function was being changed by the opening up of efficient transport links to their hinterland, and its transformation by manufacturing industry.’
- ‘Nuremberg was also a major entrepôt for wine, although its function lay in the distribution of imports, mostly of red wine, from the Mediterranean.’
- ‘Montreal was the great inland entrepôt of the fur trade and an important military base.’
- ‘The empire's wealth derived mainly from coastal entrepôts and its representatives often had to face highly developed Muslim civilizations.’
- ‘These agreements only served to reinforce the country's primary function as an entrepôt between Western capitalist economies and the Communist countries of the East.’
- ‘The city's wealth came almost entirely from its role as an entrepôt, moving goods from the eastern Mediterranean to Lombardy and over the Alps to northern Europe.’
- ‘In and out of their harbour at Port Glasgow, between 1741 and 1752, their import - export business rose from 7 to 21 million pounds, making Glasgow the European entrepôt.’
- ‘Newspapers originated in early modern Europe as periodic merchants' letters, circulating information about prices, shipments, and commodities among far-flung commercial entrepôts.’
- ‘These days it is a busy entrepôt for Scandinavian ferries and sits alongside a shopping mall.’
Early 18th century: French, from entreposer ‘to store’, from entre ‘among’ + poser ‘to place’.
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