keel·​boat | \ ˈkēl-ˌbōt How to pronounce keelboat (audio) \

Definition of keelboat

1 : a shallow covered keeled riverboat that is usually rowed, poled, or towed and that is used for freight
2 : a keeled sailboat

Examples of keelboat in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The club’s monthly open houses welcome guests for free half-hour sails aboard keelboats or dinghies with a club member. Jackie Burrell, The Mercury News, "So you want to go boating in the Bay Area? Here’s how to get out on the water," 22 Sep. 2019 And the weekend course offering is top-notch, with private and group beginner lessons, intermediate classes, keelboat workshops and more. New York Times, "A Sailing Lesson on the Hudson, Followed by Nature, History and Good Eats in Inwood," 21 Aug. 2019 And luckily, the heavy ballast below a keelboat’s hull makes them pretty hard to capsize. Popular Mechanics, "The Beginner's Guide To Sailing," 18 May 2018 On May 23, 1804, two days after the party had departed the frontier outpost of St. Charles, the 55-foot keelboat struck a log. Gary Garth, USA TODAY, "Missouri river towns preserve rich Lewis and Clark history," 24 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of keelboat

1695, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Keelboat.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2021.

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