noun (plural entrepôts pronounced same or /-ˌpōz/)
A port, city, or other center to which goods are brought for import and export, and for collection and distribution.
- 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.
Early 18th century: French, from entreposer 'to store', from entre 'among' + poser 'to place'.
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