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  1. a boat having sails as its principal means of propulsion.
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Origin of sailboat

First recorded in 1790–1800; sail + boat
Related formssail·boat·er, nounsail·boat·ing, noun
Can be confusedbarge boat canoe cruise ship sailboat ship yacht
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Related Words for sailboat

yacht, skiff, craft, vessel, ship, catamaran, schooner, sloop, cutter, clipper, galley, yawl, jack, bark, brig, windjammer, ketch, brigantine, pinnace, dory

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Contemporary Examples of sailboat

Historical Examples of sailboat

  • There were two or three schooners far out, and nearer shore, a sailboat.


    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • Then the whole party was to go down to the wharf and the sailboat.


    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • One fork turned to the right, which led to where the sailboat had been secured.

    Up the Forked River

    Edward Sylvester Ellis

  • They just went past in a sailboat and they are bound across the lake.

    The Rover Boys on the Farm

    Arthur M. Winfield (AKA Edward Stratemeyer)

  • The Zephyr was rapidly approaching the Sylph, as the sailboat was called.

    The Boat Club

    Oliver Optic

Word Origin and History for sailboat


also sail-boat, 1769, from sail (n.) + boat (n.).

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