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[seyl-boht] /ˈseɪlˌboʊt/
a boat having sails as its principal means of propulsion.
Origin of sailboat
First recorded in 1790-1800; sail + boat
Related forms
sailboater, noun
sailboating, noun
Can be confused
barge, boat, canoe, cruise ship, sailboat, ship, yacht. Unabridged
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  • There were two or three schooners far out, and nearer shore, a sailboat.

    Mary-'Gusta Joseph C. Lincoln
  • Then the whole party was to go down to the wharf and the sailboat.

    Mary-'Gusta Joseph C. Lincoln
  • One fork turned to the right, which led to where the sailboat had been secured.

    Up the Forked River

    Edward Sylvester Ellis
  • They just went past in a sailboat and they are bound across the lake.

    The Rover Boys on the Farm Arthur M. Winfield (AKA Edward Stratemeyer)
  • The Zephyr was rapidly approaching the Sylph, as the sailboat was called.

    The Boat Club Oliver Optic
  • This is Beach Cliff, where we have to take a sailboat to Killykinick.

    Killykinick Mary T. Waggaman
  • Fruit of basswood as a sailboat, and a few others as adapted to the water.

    Seed Dispersal William J. Beal
Word Origin and History for sailboat

also sail-boat, 1769, from sail (n.) + boat (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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