- a sailing ship with three masts.
Origin of three-master
First recorded in 1880–85
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In the harbor I had noticed a three-master, the schooner Ayesha.
Three-master, carrying lumber—that wed landed—return voyage.The Wasted Generation
It was plain enough that he was devising some expedient to escape the three-master.Fighting for the Right
A three-master, with an auxiliary motor for bad weather, the Sea Nymph had been built for island trade.Sign of the Green Arrow</p>
Roy J. (Roy Judson) Snell
Her sainted husband had collected them; and they would have sold for more than would a three-master loaded with grain.Told by the Death's Head