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ship·​board ˈship-ˌbȯrd How to pronounce shipboard (audio)
: the side of a ship
: ship
met on shipboard


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: existing or taking place on board a ship

Example Sentences

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Santa Fe’s Tristan favors abstraction over the opera’s shipboard and castle scenes. Dallas News, 2 Aug. 2022 The line’s newest ship, the 3,099-passenger Norwegian Prima, debuting in Europe in August, has the world’s first three-level shipboard racetrack—plus two thrilling 10-story free-fall slides at Aqua Parks. Fran Golden, Condé Nast Traveler, 11 July 2022 All offer the same unrivalled combination of active travel, great cycling, amazing food, a shipboard adventure and an in-depth exploration of regions that are best experienced from the water. Larry Olmsted, Forbes, 5 Oct. 2022 More than 1,500 cruise ship itineraries right now have cabins that cost an average of less than $100 a day, and cruise lines are offering discounts like shipboard credits and free shore excursions as well. Peter Greenberg, CBS News, 21 Oct. 2022 Bilgewater may contain grease, oil, bacteria and other fluids leaking from separate shipboard systems, such as sewage. Andrew Dyer, San Diego Union-Tribune, 21 Oct. 2022 Siegfried, Roy, and Chico became a shipboard staple. Chris Jones, The Atlantic, 13 Oct. 2022 The soon-to-expire offer includes a $500 shipboard credit per couple and a one-night post cruise hotel package, and up to an additional exclusive $2000 cruise fare savings. San Diego Union-Tribune, 28 Aug. 2022 My presentation was extremely well received by the Admirals but the shipboard test posed some unique challenges. Stephen Ibaraki, Forbes, 12 July 2022
And then there’s the efficiency with which the shipboard lifestyle promotes a lively assortment of respiratory and gastrointestinal illnesses. Curbed, 3 Mar. 2022 Interested in inverting the power dynamics between the superrich and those underpaid to serve them, Ostlund found de Leon’s transformation from shipboard housekeeping staffer to authoritative captain ashore to be searingly convincing. Carlos Aguilar, New York Times, 7 Oct. 2022 In third class, the feistiest of the Kates strikes up a shipboard romance; on a snootier deck, beleaguered steward Etches (Daniels) keeps chasing Alice out of the first-class area. Jim Higgins, Journal Sentinel, 19 Sep. 2022 Between now and the end of May, bookings are eligible for a shipboard credit of up to $800 per suite (depending on the category, oceanview or veranda) or up to $1,600 per penthouse suite and above. Ramsey Qubein, Forbes, 15 May 2022 Throughout the hotel, original documents from its early history, such as a shipboard menu from 1913, are displayed on the walls, alongside contemporary portraits by Alex Katz. Deborah Dunn, WSJ, 13 May 2022 The brave men and women of the US Navy that arrive in port on their vessels annually during Fleet Week in Fort Lauderdale, seek respite from shipboard duties during their stay here. Linda Chase, Sun Sentinel, 13 May 2022 Each data set included shipboard measurements of artificial light; monthly data of light-scattering phytoplankton and sediment collected between 1998 to 2017; and simulations of how light moves through the water, Science News reports. Elizabeth Gamillo, Smithsonian Magazine, 18 Mar. 2022 Arguably, these small changes enhance not only safety but overall shipboard experience. Roger Dooley, Forbes, 15 Nov. 2021 See More

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Word History

First Known Use


13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1857, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of shipboard was in the 13th century

Dictionary Entries Near shipboard

Cite this Entry

“Shipboard.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 31 Jan. 2023.

Kids Definition


1 of 2 noun
ship·​board ˈship-ˌbō(ə)rd How to pronounce shipboard (audio)
: the side of a ship
: ship entry 1 sense 1
met on shipboard


2 of 2 adjective
: existing or taken place on board a ship
a shipboard romance
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