longboat

noun
long·​boat | \ ˈlȯŋ-ˌbōt How to pronounce longboat (audio) \

Definition of longboat

: a large oared boat usually carried by a merchant sailing ship

Examples of longboat in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Each colorful tableau is crammed with weird and funny things: giant tomatoes, a waterfall shaped like a teakettle, gnomes in a longboat. Meghan Cox Gurdon, WSJ, 15 Oct. 2021 The current shoulder silhouettes evoking a Nordic longboat are another deft touch. Nate Davis, USA TODAY, 16 Apr. 2020 On a 60-foot longboat parked in England’s scenic Worcestershire Canals (about 45 minutes from Stratford-upon-Avon), silversmith Jonathan Kettle teaches small groups day-long courses on making rings, crosses and bracelets. Jennifer Barger, Washington Post, 18 Oct. 2019 In a heavy swell, open longboats came out to take us ashore at Bounty Bay. Stanley Stewart, Condé Nast Traveler, 28 June 2019 Ride a longboat down the Tiputini River with an indigenous guide, who will help us spot turtles, tapirs, and caimans bobbing at the water’s surface. National Geographic, 10 Sep. 2019 In the Solomon Islands, threatened by a rising ocean, students rowed to protests in longboats. Ishaan Tharoor, Washington Post, 23 Sep. 2019 Ride a longboat down the Tiputini River with an indigenous guide, who will help us spot turtles, tapirs, and caimans bobbing at the water’s surface. National Geographic, 10 Sep. 2019 Ride a longboat down the Tiputini River with an indigenous guide, who will help us spot turtles, tapirs, and caimans bobbing at the water’s surface. National Geographic, 10 Sep. 2019 See More

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First Known Use of longboat

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Longboat.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/longboat. Accessed 19 May. 2022.

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