a boat having sails as its principal means of propulsion.

Nearby words

  1. sail through,
  2. sail under false colors,
  3. sail-over,
  4. sailboard,
  5. sailboarding,
  6. sailcloth,
  7. sailer,
  8. sailfish,
  9. sailing,
  10. sailing boat

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Word Origin and History for sailboat



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

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