fer·​ry·​boat | \ ˈfer-ē-ˌbōt How to pronounce ferryboat (audio) , ˈfe-rē- \

Definition of ferryboat

: a boat used to ferry passengers, vehicles, or goods

Examples of ferryboat in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Back in the Roaring Twenties of the past century, the ferryboat Klamath was the last word in Bay Area transportation — a vessel especially designed to carry cars, trucks and passengers across the bay. Carl Nolte, San Francisco Chronicle, 29 Jan. 2022 Hanging over the mild action of the book is a recent horror: the deaths of four members of Arvid’s family in a conflagration on a ferryboat that killed 159 people in all. Nina Renata Aron, Los Angeles Times, 2 Feb. 2022 Ship models can be viewed and appreciated up close in the new visitor annex aboard the Maritime Museum’s steam ferryboat Berkeley. David L. Coddon, San Diego Union-Tribune, 25 Nov. 2021 Only three residents chose to be evacuated off the island by ferryboat, but the rest chose to stay, Aubert said, adding that since the island is outside of the East Contra Costa Fire District, the district can only assist up to a certain point. Annie Vainshtein, San Francisco Chronicle, 2 Aug. 2021 The open-deck ferryboat from Cedar Island to Ocracoke hums along for just over two hours to a terminal in a sheltered harbor. Sandy Lang, Southern Living, 19 May 2021 The ferryboat Eureka shifted to the Oakland ferry run and is now a floating exhibit at the San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park. Carl Nolte, San Francisco Chronicle, 27 Feb. 2021 The historic Eureka ferryboat is docked at the Hyde Street Pier. Gary Kamiya, SFChronicle.com, 25 Dec. 2020 That's the maximum number of passengers able to fit on the Boone No. 9, Anderson Ferry's largest ferryboat, according to James. Quinlan Bentley, The Enquirer, 28 Nov. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of ferryboat

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Ferryboat.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ferryboat. Accessed 1 Oct. 2022.

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fer·​ry·​boat | \ ˈfer-ē-ˌbōt How to pronounce ferryboat (audio) \

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: a boat used to carry passengers, vehicles, or goods


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