- a vessel, usually propelled by sail, formed of two hulls or floats held side by side by a frame above them.Compare trimaran.
- a float or sailing raft formed of a number of logs lashed together, used in certain parts of India, South America, etc.
- a quarrelsome person, especially a woman.
- Canadian Dialect. a wooden sled.
Origin of catamaran
First recorded in 1690–1700, catamaran is from the Tamil word kaṭṭa-maram tied wood
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Examples from the Web for catamaran
This happened once to the first catamaran that was sailed in New York Bay.
I shall want one hand with me to sail the catamaran while I do the fighting.Turned Adrift
She was a "twin boat:" that is, she had two hulls, like a "catamaran."Down South
For some moments the deck of the Catamaran rang with the shouts, “Ship ahoy!”
Guided by the breath of heaven, and by that alone, did the Catamaran continue her course.
- a sailing, or sometimes motored, vessel with twin hulls held parallel by a rigid framework
- a primitive raft made of logs lashed together
- old-fashioned a quarrelsome woman
C17: from Tamil kattumaram tied timber
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Word Origin and History for catamaran
East Indies log raft, 1670s, from Tamil kattu-maram "tied wood," from kattu "tie, binding" + maram "wood, tree."
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