Definition of entrepôt in English:



  • A port, city, or other centre to which goods are brought for import and export, and for collection and distribution.

    ‘Hong Kong has long been an entrepôt between east and west’
    ‘the oil terminal was built as an entrepôt for north sea crude’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Nuremberg was also a major entrepôt for wine, although its function lay in the distribution of imports, mostly of red wine, from the Mediterranean.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Newspapers originated in early modern Europe as periodic merchants' letters, circulating information about prices, shipments, and commodities among far-flung commercial entrepôts.’
    • ‘Korea and Taiwan industrialized in the 1950s through import-substitution, and Singapore and Hong Kong were initially commercial entrepôts.’
    • ‘If primarily they were entrepôts for foreign traders, it is becoming increasingly apparent that they developed commercial hinterlands extending far inland.’
    • ‘The empire's wealth derived mainly from coastal entrepôts and its representatives often had to face highly developed Muslim civilizations.’
    • ‘Singapore, incidentally, is one of the world's greatest entrepôts for spices, so has unrivalled resources in this respect.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Thus, while Britain squabbled with the USA and attacked Denmark in 1807, the French turned their attention to Portugal, which was an important entrepôt.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Although its population grew, as an entrepôt for the China trade it was soon outstripped in importance by Shanghai.’
    • ‘These days it is a busy entrepôt for Scandinavian ferries and sits alongside a shopping mall.’
    • ‘Gradually, their entrepôt function was being changed by the opening up of efficient transport links to their hinterland, and its transformation by manufacturing industry.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Montreal was the great inland entrepôt of the fur trade and an important military base.’


Early 18th century French, from entreposer ‘to store’, from entre ‘among’ + poser ‘to place’.