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 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 On a ferryboat trip from the Ticket & Transportation Center to Magic Kingdom, there were three passengers on the upper level. Dewayne Bevil, orlandosentinel.com, 9 Sep. 2020 That was when Grigoris Karnesis, a veteran Greek ferryboat captain, spotted the child. Iliana Magra, New York Times, 28 Aug. 2020 Getting to this view requires a ferryboat ride and a round-trip hike of 4.5 miles. Tom Stienstra, SFChronicle.com, 14 Aug. 2020 Those contracts range from masks and medical equipment to janitorial cleaning, video productions and even ferryboat services. Jessica Flores, USA TODAY, 9 July 2020

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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 2 Aug. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of ferryboat

: a boat that is used to carry people and things for a short distance between two places : a boat that ferries people and things


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

Kids Definition of ferryboat

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


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