[ kat-uh-muh-ran ]
/ ˌkæt ə məˈræn /


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.


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Origin of catamaran

First recorded in 1690–1700, catamaran is from the Tamil word kaṭṭa-maram tied wood Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for catamaran


/ (ˌkætəməˈræn) /


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

Word Origin for catamaran

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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