Cinque PortsCinque Ports
group of towns (orig. five: Hastings, Romney, Hythe, Dover, and Sandwich) on the SE coast of England: they formerly (11th-15th cent.) received privileges in return for providing naval defense at a time when England had no navy
Origin of Cinque Portsspelling, spelled used in eastern; English from at least the 16th circa : ; from older sink pors ; from Old French cink porz, five ports ; from Classical Latin quinque portus
A group of seaports of southeast England (originally Hastings, Romney, Hythe, Dover, and Sandwich) that formed a maritime and defensive association in the 11th century. Their importance waned after the Anglo-French conflicts of the 14th century.