ice·​boat | \ ˈīs-ˌbōt How to pronounce iceboat (audio) \

Definition of iceboat

: a skeleton boat or frame on runners propelled on ice usually by sails

Illustration of iceboat

Illustration of iceboat

Examples of iceboat in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Thousands watched as local hockey clubs battled one another and the Skate Sailing Association of America held competitions, including one in 1926 that featured 21 iceboats on blades that sailed over a three-mile course. Anchorage Daily News, "Extreme climate change has arrived in America. Here are the fastest-warming places.," 13 Aug. 2019

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'iceboat.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of iceboat

1748, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about iceboat

Time Traveler for iceboat

Time Traveler

The first known use of iceboat was in 1748

See more words from the same year

Statistics for iceboat

Cite this Entry

“Iceboat.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Jul. 2020.

More from Merriam-Webster on iceboat

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with iceboat

Comments on iceboat

What made you want to look up iceboat? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


See Definitions and Examples »

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

A More Exception(al) Quiz

  • hot dog  hot dog  hot dog  hot dog cat
  • Which of the following words is not a synonym for ‘a young person’?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?


Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!