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

  • n. See port2.
  • adj. On the port side.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The left side of a ship, looking from the stern; port side.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. On or pertaining to the left-hand side of a vessel; port.
  • n. The left-hand side of a ship to one on board facing toward the bow; port; -- opposed to starboard.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Nautical, that side of a ship which is on the left hand of a person facing the bow: opposed to starboard, the right-hand side.
  • Of or pertaining to the left-hand side of a ship; port: as, the larboard quarter.

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

  • adj. located on the left side of a ship or aircraft
  • n. the left side of a ship or aircraft to someone who is aboard and facing the bow or nose


Alteration (influenced by starboard) of Middle English laddebord : perhaps laden, to load; see load + borde, side of a ship; see starboard.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English ladebord, referring to the side of the ship on which cargo was loaded. Changed to larboard in the 16th century by association with starboard. (Wiktionary)



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