Definition of ferry noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

ferry

 noun
noun
BrE BrE//ˈferi//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈferi//
 
Types of boats and ships
 
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(pl. ferries) a boat or ship that carries people, vehicles and goods across a river or across a narrow part of the sea the cross-channel ferry service We caught the ferry at Ostend. the Dover-Calais ferry crossing the Staten Island ferry CollocationsTravel and tourismHolidays/​vacations have/​take (British English) a holiday/(North American English) a vacation/​a break/​a day off/(British English) a gap year go on/​be on holiday/​vacation/​leave/​honeymoon/​safari/​a trip/​a tour/​a cruise/​a pilgrimage go backpacking/​camping/​hitchhiking/​sightseeing plan a trip/​a holiday/​a vacation/​your itinerary book accommodation/​a hotel room/​a flight/​tickets have/​make/​cancel a reservation/(especially British English) booking rent a villa/(both British English) a holiday home/​a holiday cottage (especially British English) hire/ (especially North American English) rent a car/​bicycle/​moped stay in a hotel/​a bed and breakfast/​a youth hostel/​a villa/(both British English) a holiday home/​a caravan cost/​charge $100 a/​per night for a single/​double/​twin/​standard/(British English) en suite room check into/​out of a hotel/​a motel/​your room pack/​unpack your suitcase/​bags call/​order room service cancel/​cut short a trip/​holiday/​vacationForeign travel apply for/​get/​renew a/​your passport take out/​buy/​get travel insurance catch/​miss your plane/​train/​ferry/​connecting flight fly (in)/travel in business/​economy class make/​have a brief/​two-day/​twelve-hour stopover/(North American English also) layover in Hong Kong experience/​cause/​lead to delays check (in)/collect/​get/​lose (your) (especially British English) luggage/(especially North American English) baggage be charged for/​pay excess baggage board/​get on/​leave/​get off the aircraft/​plane/​ship/​ferry taxi down/​leave/​approach/​hit/​overshoot the runway experience/​hit/​encounter severe turbulence suffer from/​recover from/​get over your jet lag/​travel sicknessThe tourist industry attract/​draw/​bring tourists/​visitors encourage/​promote/​hurt tourism promote/​develop ecotourism build/​develop/​visit a tourist/​holiday/(especially British English) seaside/​beach/​ski resort work for/​be operated by a major hotel chain be served by/​compete with low-cost/(especially North American English) low-fare/​budget airlines book something through/​make a booking through/​use a travel agent contact/​check with your travel agent/​tour operator book/​be on/​go on a package deal/​holiday/​tour buy/​bring back (tacky/​overpriced) souvenirs See related entries: Types of boats and ships Word Origin Middle English: from Old Norse ferja ‘ferry boat’, of Germanic origin and related to fare.Extra examples The ferry departs at 8 p.m. The last ferry sails at 4 p.m. We caught the ferry across the river. We caught the ferry to Fire Island. We watched the ferry dock. We went by night ferry. a ferry carrying more than a thousand people the ferries that cross the Mekong River the ferry between Cape Cod and the islands the ferry between Dundee and Tayport the ferry for Italy the ferry from Ramsgate to Dunkirk the ferry from Toronto to Rochester the people on the ferry the Dover–Calais ferry crossing
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