U-boat

[ yoo-boht ]
/ ˈyuˌboʊt /
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noun

a German submarine.

Origin of U-boat

1910–15; < German U-Boot, short for Unterseeboot literally, undersea boat

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British Dictionary definitions for u-boat

U-boat

noun

a German submarine, esp in World Wars I and II

Word Origin for U-boat

from German U-Boot, abbreviation for Unterseeboot, literally: undersea boat

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Word Origin and History for u-boat

U-boat

1916 (said to have been in use from 1913), partial translation of German U-Boot, short for Unterseeboot, literally "undersea boat."

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