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[seyl-mey-ker] /ˈseɪlˌmeɪ kər/
a person who makes or repairs sails.
a former rank of warrant officer in the U.S. Navy.
Origin of sailmaker
First recorded in 1590-1600; sail + maker Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • I knew once a Scotch sailmaker who was certain, dead sure, there were people in Mars.

    Heart of Darkness Joseph Conrad
  • Here was the land, and there, on the fore-hatch and waiting for the sailmaker—there was that corpse.

  • Our sailmaker, Rnne, was transformed into a -- well, let us call it tailor.

  • Our sailmaker had no dogs of his own to look after; he had no time for that.

  • "You didn't go up there with Caldwell, and neither did your brother," said the sailmaker.

    The Hero of Manila Rossiter Johnson
  • "I'm not sure that the largest ships are the best for this work," said the sailmaker.

    The Hero of Manila Rossiter Johnson
  • The sailmaker might have an order for a quantity of dog-harness.

    Farthest North Fridtjof Nansen
  • Jewitt and Thompson were spared because one was an armorer and the other a sailmaker.

    Alaska Ella Higginson
  • Twine and sail needles: Some sailmaker's twine and long sail-needles.

  • The sailmaker, with whom I had become well acquainted, waddled up to me.

    Tramping on Life Harry Kemp

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