Definition of boatload in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈbəʊtləʊd/


1An amount of cargo or number of passengers which will fill a ship or boat: a boatload of coal
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  • Ship of Fools, based on the Katherine Anne Porter novel about a boatload of vaguely doomed passengers in the 1930s, is pretty much a disaster.
  • There was also a story on Friday of a boatload of people on Ashmore Reef in a leaky boat, who our navy had refused to pick up.
  • He expected to rub elbows with celebrities on the cruise but found he was the only celebrity on the good ship, Quaker City, among a boatload of pious Christians.
1.1 informal A large amount: the Telecommunications Reform Act created a boatload of new regulations
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  • Boaters who have run out of electronic gizmos to stuff in Christmas stockings have a boatload of nautical books to fill the gap this year.
  • Reeves' Constantine is an entirely different character, a sardonic L.A. noir hero who lives alone in a gigantic loft with all his supernatural trickeries and a boatload of old-school Catholic guilt.
  • Niké Beltrán Luqman whipped up a boatload of tapas from her native Spain recently for the farewell afternoon she hosted at her home in honor of Dr. Charles Smith and Richard Morgan.

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