A ship used to transport people, smaller vehicles and goods from one port to another, usually on a regular schedule.
A place where passengers are transported across water in such a ship.
The legal right or franchise that entitles a corporate body or an individual to operate such a service.
From Middle English ferien ("to carry, convey, convey in a boat"), from Old English ferian ("to carry, convey, bear, bring, lead, conduct, betake oneself to, be versed in, depart, go"), from Proto-West Germanic *farjan, from Proto-Germanic *farjaną ("to make or let go, transfer, ferry"), from Proto-Indo-European *per- ("to bring or carry over, transfer, pass through").
Cognate with German dialectal feren, fähren, Danish færge ("to ferry"), Swedish färja ("to ferry"), Icelandic ferja ("to ferry"), Old Norse ferja. Related to fare.
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