house·​boat | \ ˈhau̇s-ˌbōt How to pronounce houseboat (audio) \

Definition of houseboat

: a boat fitted for use as a dwelling especially : a pleasure craft with a broad beam, a usually shallow draft, and a large superstructure resembling a house

Other Words from houseboat

houseboater \ ˈhau̇s-​ˌbō-​tər How to pronounce houseboat (audio) \ noun

Examples of houseboat in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This month, about 100 people gathered outside the houseboat where Mr. Manchin stays when in Washington. New York Times, 19 Nov. 2021 Maybe no one will want to go to Manchin's swanky houseboat parties anymore. David Faris, The Week, 23 Sep. 2021 Patricia Cassidy lives on a houseboat at a marina in Vancouver, British Columbia. Washington Post, 28 Nov. 2021 This building is surrounded by 12 exclusive villas that not only float, but can also be moved around to other anchorage points like a houseboat. Jessica Poitevien, Travel + Leisure, 8 Dec. 2021 For visitors to Indian Kashmir, the houseboat experience Is considered unmissable -- like staying in a haveli mansion in Rajasthan or a villa in Goa. Ranjan Pal, CNN, 19 Nov. 2021 Prices start around $1,000 per week for a houseboat on a canal in Europe and top $280,000 per week for a 154-foot superyacht in the Caribbean. David Lahuta, Condé Nast Traveler, 19 Oct. 2021 From about mid-August to April, the smallest houseboat (which sleeps up to eight guests comfortably) can be rented for $1,200 for a three-day, two-night visit. Los Angeles Times, 7 Oct. 2021 The first is a snoop named Miriam Lewis, who lives on an adjacent houseboat. Washington Post, 29 Aug. 2021

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First Known Use of houseboat

1772, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of houseboat was in 1772

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2 Jan 2022

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“Houseboat.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jan. 2022.

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English Language Learners Definition of houseboat

: a boat that is also used as a house


house·​boat | \ ˈhau̇s-ˌbōt How to pronounce houseboat (audio) \

Kids Definition of houseboat

: a roomy pleasure boat fitted for use as a place to live

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