Inlet vs Harbour - What's the difference?

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Inlet is a synonym of harbour.

In lang=en terms the difference between inlet and harbour

is that inlet is to insert; inlay while harbour is to accept, as with a belief.

As verbs the difference between inlet and harbour

is that inlet is to let in; admit while harbour is to provide shelter or refuge for.

As nouns the difference between inlet and harbour

is that inlet is a body of water let into a coast, such as a bay, cove, fjord or estuary while harbour is (obsolete|uncountable) shelter, refuge.



Etymology 1

From (etyl) inleten, equivalent to .


  • To let in; admit.
  • To insert; inlay.
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    Etymology 2

    From (etyl) .


    (wikipedia inlet) (en noun)
  • A body of water let into a coast, such as a bay, cove, fjord or estuary.
  • A passage that leads into a cavity.
  • * 1748 . HUME, David. An enquiry concerning human understanding. In: L. A. SELBY-BIGGE, M. A. Enquiries concerning the human understanding and concerning the principles of moral. 2. ed. London: Oxford University Press, 1973. § 15.
  • by opening this new inlet''' for sensations, you also open an '''inlet for the ideas;


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    Alternative forms

    * herberwe (obsolete) * herborough (obsolete) * harbor (now US)


    (wikipedia harbour)
  • (en noun) (British, Canada)
  • (obsolete, uncountable) Shelter, refuge.
  • A place of shelter or refuge.
  • The neighbourhood is a well-known harbour for petty thieves.
  • (obsolete) A house of the zodiac.
  • * Late 14th century: To ech of hem his tyme and his seson, / As thyn herberwe chaungeth lowe or heighe — Geoffrey Chaucer, ‘The Franklin’s Tale’, Canterbury Tales
  • A sheltered area for ships; a piece of water adjacent to land in which ships may stop to load and unload.
  • The city has an excellent natural harbour .
  • (astrology) The mansion of a heavenly body.
  • A mixing box for materials in glass-working.
  • Derived terms

    * harbourage * harbourmaster * unharboured


    (en verb)
  • To provide shelter or refuge for.
  • The docks, which once harboured''' tall ships, now '''harbour only petty thieves.
  • * Bishop Burnet
  • The bare suspicion made it treason to harbour the person suspected.
  • * Rowe
  • Let not your gentle breast harbour one thought of outrage.
  • To accept, as with a belief.
  • That scientist harbours the belief that God created humans.
  • * {{quote-news
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    See also

    * dock * haven