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

 

showboat

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noun
BrE BrE//ˈʃəʊbəʊt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈʃoʊboʊt//
 
Types of boats and ships
 
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(North American English) Culture In the 19th and early 20th centuries in the US, a showboat was a type of large river boat driven by steam, on which plays and other shows were performed for people living in towns along the rivers, especially the Mississippi. Well-known showboats included the Water Queen, the Cotton Blossom and the Floating Circus Palace. Ships built to look like showboats now take tourists for rides from New Orleans. a boat on which musical shows are performed See related entries: Types of boats and ships
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