riv·​er·​boat | \ ˈri-vər-ˌbōt How to pronounce riverboat (audio) \

Definition of riverboat

: a boat for use on a river

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Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Accommodations: M.S. Farah, M.S. Mayfair, or M.S. Minerva Day 10: Abu Simbel/Cairo Disembark our riverboat and fly to Abu Simbel in southern Egypt this morning, where you’ll be joined by your local guide. National Geographic, "Egypt Private Expedition," 12 June 2019 The 65,500-ton cruise ship that crashed into a much smaller riverboat docked along the canal on Sunday proved them wrong. Colleen Barry, USA TODAY, "Venice, Budapest crashes renew debate on cruise ship safety, calls to restrict ships in Venice," 4 June 2019 The 166-passenger Duchess is one of the newer riverboats that are operated by an expanding American Queen Steamboat Co., the same firm that owns Victory Cruise Lines with new plans and schedules for passenger ships on the Great Lakes. cleveland.com, "Cruising the Mississippi River: New ships, insightful port excursions update a nostalgic float," 23 June 2019 Far East Eats To experience Vietnamese cuisine beyond the ubiquitous bowl of pho, cruise the Mekong aboard the colonial-style Jahan riverboat. Alena Hadley, National Geographic, "Taste What's Cooking Across the Globe: 10 Edible Trips," 8 Apr. 2019 The 15 other casinos in the state are located on riverboats. Julia O'donoghue, NOLA.com, "Harrah's expansion in New Orleans gets initial approval from House committee," 21 Mar. 2018 It was expected to be a $100 million riverboat and resort complex. Julia O'donoghue, NOLA.com, "Tangipahoa Parish won't get a chance at a casino after all," 24 Apr. 2018 And Twain, a one-time riverboat pilot, made nothing substantial, produced no commodities or goods, except his tales and observations. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, "In Defense of Elon Musk," 16 Oct. 2018 Once the structures are built, by a construction vendor on a rolling seven-day-per-house schedule, a scenic vendor comes in to add the textures that make a heap of plywood look like a riverboat or a cornfield. Jacqueline Detwiler, Popular Mechanics, "The High-Tech Horror Show: How the Unreal Haunted Houses at Universal Orlando Are Built," 27 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of riverboat

1565, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of riverboat

: a boat that is used on a river

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