[fawr-stey-seyl, fohr-; Nautical fawr-stey-suh l, fohr-]


a triangular sail set on a forestay; the innermost headsail of a vessel.

Nearby words

  1. forestage,
  2. forestall,
  3. forestalling,
  4. forestation,
  5. forestay,
  6. forested,
  7. forester,
  8. forester, c. s.,
  9. forestial,
  10. forestick

Origin of forestaysail

First recorded in 1735–45; forestay + sail Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for forestaysail

  • John had no resource but to put up a forestaysail, and run before the gale.

  • I sailed comfortably on under the jib and forestaysail, which I now set.

  • It carried two jibs, besides the forestaysail, but these were now furled.

    The Rival Campers|Ruel Perley Smith
  • In old times the boats simply carried mainsail, foresail, and forestaysail and jib.

    The Sea Rovers|Rufus Rockwell Wilson

British Dictionary definitions for forestaysail



nautical the triangular headsail set aftermost on a vessel
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