riv·​er·​boat ˈri-vər-ˌbōt How to pronounce riverboat (audio)
: a boat for use on a river

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The eight-day cruise will depart April 27 on the line's newest riverboat, American Serenade. Nathan Diller, USA TODAY, 20 Feb. 2023 Experience the nation’s largest light, art and projection mapping experience with a front row seat aboard a riverboat. Luann Gibbs, The Enquirer, 10 Oct. 2022 After transferring the enslaved passengers to a riverboat, the Clotilda’s captain, William Foster, burned and deliberately sank the vessel in July 1860. Sarah Kuta, Smithsonian Magazine, 19 May 2022 Moored along the western bank of the Nile separating the city's two halves is La Pacha 1901, a riverboat that serves as a dining and entertainment complex stacked with multiple establishments. Jake Emen, Condé Nast Traveler, 24 Feb. 2023 The state wagering tax was based on two licenses for the city’s two riverboats. Carrie Napoleon, Chicago Tribune, 20 Feb. 2023 In a one-of-a-kind shore excursion, guests on board will be able to participate in a taping of the popular TV show when the riverboat arrives in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Irene S. Levine, Forbes, 21 Feb. 2023 Watch The Proposal on Hulu Death on the Nile Detective Hercule Poirot works to solve a mysterious murder case on a riverboat traveling on the Nile River. Hannah Kerns, Peoplemag, 21 Feb. 2023 Porter will deliver a new single while on the riverboat Louis Armstrong on the Mississippi River in the city’s historic French Quarter, while Yankee will give a special hometown performance. Heran Mamo, Billboard, 30 Dec. 2021 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1565, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of riverboat was in 1565

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“Riverboat.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/riverboat. Accessed 3 Jun. 2023.

Kids Definition


riv·​er·​boat -ˌbōt How to pronounce riverboat (audio)
: a boat used (as for carrying passengers or freight) on a river

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