[meyn-top-seyl; Nautical meyn-top-suh l]

noun Nautical.

a topsail set on the mainmast.

Origin of main-topsail

First recorded in 1610–20 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for main-topsail

Historical Examples of main-topsail

  • She may also carry a main-topsail, and is then termed a two-topsail schooner.

    The Sailor's Word-Book

    William Henry Smyth

  • Everything was taken in with the exception of a main-topsail and storm trysail.

    Peter Trawl

    W. H. G. Kingston

  • “Hold fast then with the main-topsail braces,” cried the captain.

    Peter the Whaler

    W.H.G. Kingston

  • The chase on this hoisted a blue ensign and hove-to with main-topsail to the mast.

    Hurricane Hurry

    W.H.G. Kingston

  • “Clear the anchor, and clew up the main-topsail,” shouted the mate.

    The Golden Dream

    R.M. Ballantyne