a boat having sails as its principal means of propulsion.

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

Examples from the Web for sailboat

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.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper