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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The tour, which takes six and a half hours, starts with a 35-minute train ride, followed by a two-hour riverboat cruise. Micah Walker, Detroit Free Press, "All aboard: Experience fall colors on these historic trains in Michigan," 11 Aug. 2019 The five-deck-high, 190-passenger American Song looks nothing like European riverboats and has staterooms that are more spacious than those on most other U.S. steamboats and paddlewheelers. Rosemary Mcclure, Los Angeles Times, "Are these cruise ships really seven of the world’s great places to visit?," 4 Sep. 2019 The riverboat and train tour run through Oct. 5, and tickets are $47 for adults and $25 for children ages 4-15. Micah Walker, Detroit Free Press, "All aboard: Experience fall colors on these historic trains in Michigan," 11 Aug. 2019 Today, the company runs two Plymouth 5-ton diesel trains, and a two-deck riverboat called the Hiawatha. Micah Walker, Detroit Free Press, "All aboard: Experience fall colors on these historic trains in Michigan," 11 Aug. 2019 But riverboats in Illinois did not spark meaningful economic development in their host communities — certainly not the fairy tales spun to lawmakers to win approval. Kristen Mcqueary, chicagotribune.com, "Column: Let’s cut to the chase: A Chicago casino must be near downtown," 29 July 2019 The ship's captain, William Foster, acting on behalf of Alabama plantation owner Timothy Meaher, navigated the Clotilda up the Spanish River and transferred the slaves to a riverboat. Ralph Ellis, CNN, "Alabama moves to protect the Clotilda, believed to be the last ship to bring slaves to the US," 26 July 2019 Watch the sunset from a riverboat on the Mississippi. Kathy Berdan, Twin Cities, "It’s not over yet! 19 things to do in summer 2019," 5 July 2019 Turner and Jonas were spotted aboard a riverboat with pals including Priyanka Chopra, Nick Jonas, and Wilmer Valderrama. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Sophie Turner, Priyanka Chopra, Joe Jonas, and Nick Jonas Cannot Be Bothered on Their Parisian Cruise," 24 June 2019

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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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