Barge Barge, n. [OF. barge, F. berge, fr. LL. barca, for barica (not found), prob. fr. L. baris an Egyptian rowboat, fr. Gr. ?, prob. fr. Egyptian: cf. Coptic bari a boat. Cf. {Bark} a vessel.] 1. A pleasure boat; a vessel or boat of state, elegantly furnished and decorated. [1913 Webster]

2. A large, roomy boat for the conveyance of passengers or goods; as, a ship's barge; a charcoal barge. [1913 Webster]

3. A large boat used by flag officers. [1913 Webster]

4. A double-decked passenger or freight vessel, towed by a steamboat. [U.S.] [1913 Webster]

5. A large omnibus used for excursions. [Local, U.S.] [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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