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

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

Examples of houseboat in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web As a waitress at the former No Wake Cafe for four years, Liz Miller dreamed of someday owning a houseboat of her own. Frederick Melo, Twin Cities, "After 15 years moored off St. Paul’s Harriet Island, owner of floating bed-and-breakfast ready to move on," 5 Oct. 2019 The attraction houses more than 300 vessels dating from the mid-19th century onward and touches on all modes of water transportation, including skiffs, canoes, motorboats and a 106-foot houseboat. Washington Post, "More than 1,500 ways to celebrate Museum Day on Sept. 21," 21 Sep. 2018 The dredges are homemade and clumsy, as big as houseboats. Nell Zink, Harper's magazine, "The Bird Angle," 28 Oct. 2019 Think of the tour as a sneak peek into life on a houseboat. Joan Morris, The Mercury News, "Look inside: Floating on a dream houseboat in Sausalito," 31 Aug. 2019 Floating homes rarely leave their permanent moorings, but one houseboat featured on Sausalito’s upcoming Floating Homes Tour is a portal to faraway places. Joan Morris, The Mercury News, "Sausalito houseboat a salute to modern Danish art and Hawaiian wood," 31 Aug. 2019 Caleb Smith followed his bunny Snickers down the rabbit hole and ended up with a houseboat, a business and five islands. Deanna Weniger, Twin Cities, "Island hopping: Bloomington teen makes biz out of taking bunnies to Mississippi islands," 30 Aug. 2019 Mission Bay’s 20 houseboats were protected in perpetuity. San Francisco Chronicle, "of the Golden State Warriors’ Chase Center next week will mark the flamboyant and unexpected finale of a 40-year exercise in city-building, San Francisco style.," 5 Jan. 2016 The building of Glen Canyon Dam in 1966 tamed the river and created the lake that is a boater’s dream — whether explored by kayak or houseboat. Jay Jones, Los Angeles Times, "Have Lake Powell all to yourself on an off-season weekend trip," 5 Sep. 2019

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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 Dec 2019

Cite this Entry

“Houseboat.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 10 December 2019.

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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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