- a sailing ship with three masts.
Origin of three-master
First recorded in 1880–85
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Examples from the Web for three-master
In the harbor I had noticed a three-master, the schooner Ayesha.
Three-master, carrying lumber—that wed landed—return voyage.The Wasted Generation
It was plain enough that he was devising some expedient to escape the three-master.Fighting for the Right
A three-master, with an auxiliary motor for bad weather, the Sea Nymph had been built for island trade.Sign of the Green Arrow
Roy J. (Roy Judson) Snell
Her sainted husband had collected them; and they would have sold for more than would a three-master loaded with grain.Told by the Death's Head