- The definition of a ferry is a boat that carries people, cars and other things across a body of water.
An example of a ferry is a boat that carries people in their cars from an island to a mainland.
- Ferry is defined as to cross or carry people or things across a body of water by boat.
An example of ferry is using a boat to carry people from San Francisco to Oakland across the bay.
A ferry leaves Seattle.Licensed from iStockPhoto
- to take (people, cars, etc.) across a river or narrow body of water in a boat, raft, etc.
- to cross (a river, etc.) on a ferry
- to deliver (airplanes) by flying to the destination
- to transport by airplane
Origin: Middle English ferien ; from Old English ferian, to carry, convey, especially by water, causative of faran, to go: see fare
- a system for carrying people, cars, or goods across a river, etc. by boat
- a boat used for this
- the place where a ferry docks on either shore
- the legal right to transport by ferry for a fee
- the delivery of airplanes to their destination by flying them
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verb fer·ried, fer·ry·ing, fer·ries verb, transitive
- Nautical a. To transport (people, vehicles, or goods) by boat across a body of water.b. To cross (a body of water) by a ferry.
- a. To deliver (a vehicle, especially an aircraft) under its own power to its eventual user.b. To transport (people or goods) by vehicle, especially by aircraft.
- Nautical a. A ferryboat.b. A place where passengers or goods are transported across a body of water, such as a river or bay, by a ferryboat.
- A franchise or legal right to operate a ferrying service for a fee.
- A service and route for delivering an aircraft under its own power to its eventual user.
Origin: Middle English ferien, from Old English ferian; see per-2 in Indo-European roots.