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ferry

[ fer-ee ]
/ ˈfɛr i /
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Definition of ferry

noun, plural fer·ries.
verb (used with object), fer·ried, fer·ry·ing.
to carry or convey back and forth over a fixed route in a boat or plane.
to fly (an airplane) over a particular route, especially for delivery.
verb (used without object), fer·ried, fer·ry·ing.
to go in a ferry.
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Origin of ferry

before 1150; Middle English ferien,Old English ferian to carry; cognate with Old Norse ferja,Gothic farjan; akin to fare

OTHER WORDS FROM ferry

un·fer·ried, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for ferry

ferry
/ (ˈfɛrɪ) /

noun plural -ries
Also called: ferryboat a vessel for transporting passengers and usually vehicles across a body of water, esp as a regular service
  1. such a service
  2. (in combination)a ferryman
a legal right to charge for transporting passengers by boat
the act or method of delivering aircraft by flying them to their destination
verb -ries, -rying or -ried

Word Origin for ferry

Old English ferian to carry, bring; related to Old Norse ferja to transport, Gothic farjan; see fare
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