boat·​load | \ ˈbōt-ˌlōd How to pronounce boatload (audio) \

Definition of boatload

1 : a load that fills a boat a boatload of passengers
2 : an indefinitely large number or amount a boatload of criticism a boatload of money

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Examples of boatload in a Sentence

a boatload of publicity for the new handheld devices
Recent Examples on the Web So there are a boatload of clean-energy technologies that are consistent, perhaps, with the skills of those who have been doing mining, including, by the way, the mining of the critical materials that are necessary to build batteries. Washington Post, "New Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm has advice for Texas — and for the oil industry," 27 Feb. 2021 Signing a boatload of executive orders to overturn all the executive orders President Trump signed – no time to waste. Washington Post, "Readers write to Joe Biden ahead of the inauguration," 14 Jan. 2021 For those of us who partake in retail therapy, this boatload of deals is both a dream and a decision-making nightmare. Alexandra Polk,, "Pyrex, Cuisinart, & More Kitchen Deals From Wayfair’s BIG Sale," 4 Nov. 2020 Knowing the ins and outs of these travel insurance protections and which credit card provides what coverage could potentially save you a boatload of money. Jennifer Yellin, CNN Underscored, "Having a credit card with trip insurance could save you thousands on your next vacation," 24 Dec. 2020 First, there are anonymous American trusts, which states like South Dakota sell by the billion-dollar boatload, allowing purchasers—including Chinese oligarchs, who’ve recently begun flocking to the state—to remain anonymous in perpetuity. Casey Michel, The New Republic, "How to Make Kleptocrats Fear America Again," 23 Dec. 2020 It’s a multipurpose hair tool that, in short, comes with a boatload of attachments, all of which snap on and off easily. Emmy Favilla, CNN Underscored, "We tried the $549 Dyson Airwrap and were seriously impressed," 18 Dec. 2020 For those unfamiliar, niacinamide (a type of vitamin B3) is a powerhouse ingredient with a boatload of skin-care benefits. Sarah Han, Allure, "Glow Recipe's Watermelon Glow Niacinamide Dew Drops Make My Indoor Air-Induced Redness Disappear," 9 Dec. 2020 As for Combs, the 30-year-old -- who hails from North Carolina and records for River House/Columbia Nashville -- has won a boatload of trophies and accolades since bursting onto the scene in 2015. Jim Asker, Billboard, "The Year in Country Charts 2020: Luke Combs Repeats as Top Artist of the Year," 3 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of boatload

1625, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of boatload was in 1625

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7 Mar 2021

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“Boatload.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of boatload

: an amount or number that will fill a boat

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