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Meaning of Cinque Ports

Cinque' Ports'

Pronunciation: (singk), [key]
  1. a former association of maritime towns in SE England: originally (1278) numbering five (Hastings, Romney, Hythe, Dover, and Sandwich) and receiving special privileges in return for aiding in the naval defense of England.
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