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 The three riverboat casinos in Baton Rouge brought in nearly $18.3 million in October, a nearly $49,000 decrease from the $18.3 million in winnings during October 2019. Tim Boone, NOLA.com, "New Orleans gambling market down 31.8% in October," 20 Nov. 2020 Gore even campaigned on a riverboat down the Mississippi River. Bill Glauber, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Wisconsin has its share of nail-biting 21st century presidential races, here are three close races from recent history," 4 Nov. 2020 The riverboat was unjammed and moved by Thursday afternoon, but the bridge will remain closed for inspections that won’t be able to take place until after the chemical fire is put out and the danger of gas is removed. Sam Karlin, NOLA.com, "Powerful Hurricane Laura delivers damage across the state; last-minute shift reduces storm surge," 27 Aug. 2020 The state’s 14 riverboat casinos, Harrah’s and four racinos brought in $148.6 million during August. Tim Boone, NOLA.com, "New Orleans posts 36.3% drop in casino revenues in August, worst in the state," 18 Sep. 2020 Two unoccupied riverboat casinos broke loose and ran into docks on Tuesday morning as the outer edges of the storm began impacting the area. Fox News, "Hurricane Sally floods Gulf Coast as officials urge residents in low-lying areas to 'run from the water'," 15 Sep. 2020 Nearby, the Isle of Capri riverboat casino was wedged under the rickety Interstate 10 bridge, where it got stuck after getting loose in the storm. Andrea Gallo And Bryn Stole | Staff Writers, NOLA.com, "'Nothing like this': How Hurricane Laura's devastation has stunned Lake Charles residents," 27 Aug. 2020 The largest riverboat in the world departed around 8:30 a.m. with new owner Caribe Venture of Orange Beach, Alabama. David J. Kim, The Courier-Journal, "Caesars riverboat 'Glory of Rome' sets sail for new home in Alabama," 11 Aug. 2020 Statewide, the 14 riverboat casinos, Harrah’s and four racinos brought in $177.6 million during July. Tim Boone, NOLA.com, "New Orleans gambling revenues down 20.1% in July," 24 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of riverboat

1565, in the meaning defined above

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26 Nov 2020

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“Riverboat.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/riverboat. Accessed 29 Nov. 2020.

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: a boat that is used on a river

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