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Definition of "berth" []

  • Sufficient space for a ship to maneuver; sea room: kept a clear berth of the reefs. (noun)
  • A space for a ship to dock or anchor: a steamship moored to its berth at the pier. (noun)
  • Employment on a ship: sought an officer's berth in the merchant marine. (noun)
  • A job: a comfortable berth as head of the department. (noun)
  • A built-in bed or bunk, as on a ship or a train. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "berth" in a sentence
  • "Kisla earned his title berth with a 3-1 upset of Canon-McMillan's Sam Brownlee, who is ranked No. 1 in Class AAA in the WPIAL."
  • "The other big early test for the title berth comes during the Texas State Fair and the annual clash between Texas and Oklahoma in Dallas."
  • "But getting a label berth enabled Mr. Arthur to get his foot in the door, even if he's still trying to get into the Big Room."