General English


  • verb to make a delivery of an aircraft by flying it to its operator


  • noun a boat used to transport people or vehicles across a river or lake or narrow stretch of sea, as part of a regular service
  • verb to carry people, vehicles, etc., across a river, lake, narrow stretch of sea


  • noun a boat which takes passengers or goods across water

Origin & History of “ferry”

A ferry is etymologically a boat on which you ‘travel’ from one place to another. The word comes ultimately from the Indo-European base *por- ‘going, passage’, which has produced a wide range of other English words, including emporium, ford, and port. Its Germanic descendant was *fer- ‘go’, source of English fare as well as ferry. Ferry itself was probably borrowed from the Old Norse element ferju-, denoting ‘passage across water’, and that was what it at first meant in English. The word’s main modern use, which is essentially an abbreviation of ferry-boat, is not recorded before the 16th century, and does not seem to have really become established until the 20th century.