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

Definition of riverboat

: a boat for use on a river

Examples of riverboat in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Ratchet up the fright with the intense, immersive RIP Experience, which features access to additional areas of the riverboat and an interactive, hands-on experience. Luann Gibbs, The Enquirer, 22 Oct. 2021 Guests can embark on a nighttime riverboat cruise that’s led by a local astronomer, who is also the president of Mission Astronomy Group, and view stars and planets through a telescope. Brittany Anas, Forbes, 1 Oct. 2021 Marina Ristorante, located in a covered riverboat, has been packed with office workers each night, but the windows remain open, allowing the river breeze to come in (heaters will come on once the weather cools down). Lilly Graves, Travel + Leisure, 22 Sep. 2021 The homes are typically dripping in ornamental millwork to create the look of a Mississippi riverboat. Kelly Kazek | Kkazek@al.com, al, 31 Aug. 2021 It was also meant to include a riverboat ride straight under the casino. Stacey Leasca, Travel + Leisure, 30 July 2021 For years, the tribe has watched as tour operators have built a $4 million riverboat business through its ancestral lands. Washington Post, 6 Aug. 2021 Early in the movie, the U-Boat fires the world’s slowest-moving torpedo at the chugging riverboat from a distance of no more than ten yards, and misses. Kyle Smith, National Review, 27 July 2021 Barnette, his wife, and 130 tons of goods were loaded on a riverboat heading up the Tanana River. David Reamer, Anchorage Daily News, 18 July 2021

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First Known Use of riverboat

1565, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of riverboat was in 1565

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15 Nov 2021

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“Riverboat.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/riverboat. Accessed 4 Dec. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of riverboat

: a boat that is used on a river

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