[ fawr-stey-seyl, fohr-; Nautical fawr-stey-suh l, fohr- ]
/ ˌfɔrˈsteɪˌseɪl, ˌfoʊr-; Nautical ˌfɔrˈsteɪ səl, ˌfoʊr- /


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

Origin of forestaysail

First recorded in 1735–45; forestay + sail Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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

/ (fɔːˈsteɪˌseɪl, nautical fɔːˈsteɪsəl) /


nautical the triangular headsail set aftermost on a vessel
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