demurrage

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

1640s, from Old French demorage, from demorer (English demur),[1] from Latin demorari (to tarry).

Surface etymology is demur (delay) +‎ -age, with doubled ‘r’ to clarify pronunciation and avoid ambiguity with demure.

Noun[edit]

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demurrage (countable and uncountable, plural demurrages)

  1. (nautical) the detention of a ship or other freight vehicle, during delayed loading or unloading
  2. compensation paid for such detention
  3. a charge made for exchanging currency for bullion

Antonyms[edit]

  • (detention of a ship, or fee paid for it): despatch

Coordinate terms[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ demurrage” in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary (2001).