Definition of stevedore in English:


Syllabification: ste·ve·dore
Pronunciation: /ˈstēvəˌdôr


A person employed, or a contractor engaged, at a dock to load and unload cargo from ships.
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  • The group represents importers, exporters, stevedores and ship owners throughout Australia and overseas using Geraldton port.
  • Although contractual arrangements are normally between stevedores and ship operators/owners for the supply of stevedoring services, stevedoring demand is best measured in terms of cargo volume than numbers of ships serviced.
  • Mariners and merchants made money managing the trade, carters and stevedores stowed staples on ships, and coopers created barrels to contain flour bound for the sea.


late 18th century: from Spanish estivador, from estivar 'stow a cargo', from Latin stipare 'pack tight'.

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