mainsail

[ meyn-seyl; Nautical meyn-suhl ]
/ ˈmeɪnˌseɪl; Nautical ˈmeɪn səl /

noun Nautical.

the lowermost sail on a mainmast.

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Origin of mainsail

late Middle English word dating back to 1425–75; see origin at main1, sail
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British Dictionary definitions for mainsail

mainsail
/ (ˈmeɪnˌseɪl, nautical ˈmeɪnsəl) /

noun

nautical the largest and lowermost sail on the mainmast
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