Thursday, November 05, 2015

Word of the day: entrepôt

The word of the day is entrepôt:

  1. warehouse.
  2. commercial center where goods are received for distribution, transshipment, or repackaging.
"warehouse," 1828, from Fr., from L. interpositum "that which is placed between," neut. pp. of interponere.


"Colón himself was ambivalent.  On the one hand, he was supposed to be governing a colony that was establishing a commercial entrepôt in the Americas.  On the other hand, he was supposed to be at sea, continuing his search for China.  The two roles conflicted, and Colón was never able to resolve the conflict."

 - Charles Mann, 1493: Uncovering the New World Columbus Created

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