Definition of roadstead in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈrəʊdstɛd/


Another term for road (sense 3).
Example sentences
  • The ships then sailed to Blind Bay and anchored in the Astrolabe roadstead.
  • The island prospered as thousands of homeward-bound vessels anchored in the roadstead in a year, staying for considerable periods, refitting and revictualling.
  • In the meantime, some visiting boats anchor out in the roadstead and their crews dinghy in to the adjacent, landlocked municipal marina.


Mid 16th century: from road + obsolete stead 'a place'.

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