ship·​board | \ ˈship-ˌbȯrd How to pronounce shipboard (audio) \

Definition of shipboard

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : the side of a ship
2 : ship met on shipboard



Definition of shipboard (Entry 2 of 2)

: existing or taking place on board a ship

Examples of shipboard in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun And the Navy will potentially be adding more capabilities to support the F-35 acting as a spotter for shipboard interceptor missiles targeting enemy aircraft, anti-ship missiles, and possibly ballistic missiles. Sean Gallagher, Ars Technica, "Sitrep: F-35 upgrades aim for more compute power (and maybe new software)," 31 Aug. 2020 Cruise operators have also been hard hit, with shares sinking 30% or more as shipboard infections rose. Damian Troise, The Denver Post, "Wall Street has worst week since 2008 as S&P 500 drops 11.5%," 28 Feb. 2020 While some protocols likely will relax over time, stricter shipboard sanitation and disinfection procedures should continue long-term. Janice Wald Henderson, Condé Nast Traveler, "What to Expect When Cruise Ships Sail Again," 8 June 2020 Passengers affected by the summer 2021 itinerary changes can redirect funds to any other ship and receive a $50 shipboard credit per person. David Oliver, USA TODAY, "MSC Cruises extends sailing suspension amid coronavirus pandemic, cancels several 2021 sailings," 5 June 2020 These plans include cruise-specific inconvenience benefits, like for shipboard service disruptions and port of call changes. USA TODAY, "What cruisers care about: Scoring deals, spending more time in port, getting sick at sea," 24 Dec. 2019 The musical takes place aboard an ocean liner, with a madcap shipboard romance that also involves comedic gangsters. Don Maines, Houston Chronicle, "Pearland High’s ‘Anything Goes’ aims for Tune Awards," 23 Dec. 2019 Keep your financial expectations in check by keeping tabs on your shipboard account numbers every few days throughout the sailing. Condé Nast Traveler, "10 Things You Should Never Do On a Cruise," 18 July 2019 Non-balcony staterooms earn a $300 shipboard credit, and balcony staterooms and suites receive a $500 credit. Washington Post, "Travel deals: Free hotel night in Vietnam and Aer Lingus sale fare to Europe," 28 June 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective All three were spared during the shipboard outbreak, which quickly spread to more than 85% of the crew. Sandi Doughton, Anchorage Daily News, "Coronavirus outbreak on Seattle fishing boat suggests antibodies protect against infection," 19 Aug. 2020 All three were spared during the shipboard outbreak, which quickly spread to more than 85% of the crew. oregonlive, "As coronavirus spread through a Seattle fishing trawler at sea, 3 people with antibodies were spared," 19 Aug. 2020 That honesty is refreshing, as is the author’s variation on the theme of shipboard tyranny (the Caine is a U.S. minesweeper plying the Pacific during World War II). Washington Post, "Here are some of my favorite escapist novels. You may have other ideas. Share them with us.," 30 Apr. 2020 The acting Navy secretary quit after an uproar over his response to a shipboard outbreak. Remy Tumin, New York Times, "Coronavirus, Wisconsin, Pandas: Your Tuesday Evening Briefing," 7 Apr. 2020 Trump also appeared to blame Crozier for the shipboard infection, questioning his decision to allow his sailors to have liberty on a port call in Da Nang, Vietnam, in late February and early March. Jamie Mcintyre, Washington Examiner, "Pentagon deploys doctors, prepares to treat COVID patients, orders wearing of DIY masks as nation braces for ‘hardest and saddest week’," 6 Apr. 2020 Passengers may receive a refund or a credit for a future cruise valued at 125% of the fare price plus $250 shipboard credit. Los Angeles Times, "More cruises are being canceled. Here’s how to get a refund or credit," 2 Apr. 2020 Cruise line heads agreed to enhance entry and exit screenings and establish shipboard testing, along with new quarantine standards established by the CDC. Time, "Yet Another Princess Cruises Ship Held Over Coronavirus Fears," 9 Mar. 2020 In cruises, the benefits may include a cabin upgrade and shipboard credits; in rental cars the discounts generally range from 15 to 25 percent, according to the company. Elaine Glusac, New York Times, "Join the Club, Save Some Money," 2 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of shipboard


13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1857, in the meaning defined above

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“Shipboard.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Oct. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of shipboard

: happening or existing on a ship


ship·​board | \ ˈship-ˌbȯrd How to pronounce shipboard (audio) \

Kids Definition of shipboard

1 : a ship's side
2 : ship entry 1 sense 1 We met on shipboard.

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