Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Trade or navigation in coastal waters.
  • n. The exclusive right of a country to operate the air traffic within its territory.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The transport of goods or passengers between two points in the same country.
  • n. The right to engage in such transport.
  • n. The exclusive right of a country to control such transport.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Navigation along the coast; the details of coast pilotage.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Nautical, navigation along a coast; coasting-trade.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the exclusive right of a country to control the air traffic within its borders
  • n. navigation in coastal waters

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

French, from caboter, to sail along a coast, perhaps from Spanish cabo, cape, from Latin caput, head; see cape2.

Examples

  • -The EU wanted to open the U.S. market by winning so-called "cabotage" rights, the ability to operate inside the U.S. market with no restrictions.

    Delay Could Wreck Open Skies Deal

  • Later, English speakers also applied "cabotage" to the rights that allowed domestic airlines to travel within national boundaries but that prevented foreign carriers from doing so.

    Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day

  • That verb gave rise to the French noun "cabotage," which named trade or transport along a coast.

    Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day

  • They called the right to conduct such trading "cabotage" too.

    Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day

  • - the traditional enforcement of "cabotage" first established in the United States in 1789.

    Fred Fry International

  • The contract to build two vessels in Philadelphia for ExxonMobil's SeaRiver Maritime subsidiary which each carry 115,000 tons of cargo are the result of the provisions of our cabotage law, the Jones Act, which dictates that vessels carrying cargo between U.S. ports be constructed in the U.S. and owned and operated by U.S. citizens.

    Yes to These Jobs, but More Is Needed

  • Indonesia's business elite will no doubt continue to thrive nevertheless, as even more government intervention is granted to compensate for the loss of competitiveness caused by cabotage.

    Jakarta Drifts Into Protectionism

  • Now that energy is safe, however, there is a danger that the even greater long-term losses from the cabotage law will be forgotten.

    Jakarta Drifts Into Protectionism

  • The U.S. offers a lesson in the costs of cabotage.

    Jakarta Drifts Into Protectionism

  • Our story begins in the early 2000s when the Indonesian National Shipowners Association lobbied for a cabotage law—restricting domestic trade to domestic carriers—to shield them from foreign competition.

    Jakarta Drifts Into Protectionism

Comments

Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.

  • Do pirate's harass the right's cabotage?

    The case seemed a trumpery charge

    But rubes with wild stares

    And cruising corsairs

    Have wrought depredation writ large.

    March 9, 2016

  • Avoid booby-trapped taxis.

    December 8, 2008