cat·​a·​ma·​ran | \ˌka-tə-mə-ˈran, ˈka-tə-mə-ˌran\

Definition of catamaran 

: a vessel (such as a sailboat) with twin hulls and usually a deck or superstructure connecting the hulls

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Take your pick of learning to surf or standup paddleboard, taking a sail on a catamaran, or cruising on a snorkel tour. The Seattle Times, "Winter getaway: Stay and play in Kaanapali, Maui," 15 Aug. 2018 With low weights and large sails, catamarans are fast. Luke O'brien, Town & Country, "Hot Pursuit," 1 Sep. 2013 Almost every horizontal surface on the white catamaran is covered with solar panels (1,400 square feet of them in all), which curve gently to fit the aerodynamic contours. Jack Stewart, WIRED, "The Funky Boat Circling the Planet on Renewable Energy and Hydrogen Gas," 5 July 2018 Our catamaran trip to Ballesta Island was perfectly romantic. Arie Luyendyk Jr.,, "Arie Luyendyk Jr.: Why I Sent Kendall Home and Gave Lauren B. a Rose After Our 'Stressful' Date," 27 Feb. 2018 On Wednesday, the catamaran came to Philadelphia to celebrate the Fourth of July and then on Thursday, took former patients from Magee Rehabilitation Hospital out sailing. Maggie Loesch,, "For wheelchair users, this vessel means sailing no longer is an 'Impossible Dream'," 6 July 2018 So what better way to explore than a luxury catamaran?! Becca Kufrin,, "Bachelorette Becca Kufrin Explains Her Reaction to Colton Being a Virgin: ' I Needed a Moment'," 11 July 2018 Five years on, that idea has taken physical form in the Energy Observer, a catamaran that runs on renewables. Jack Stewart, WIRED, "The Funky Boat Circling the Planet on Renewable Energy and Hydrogen Gas," 5 July 2018 First, Colton and Becca go on a catamaran and dive for conches. Rebecca Farley,, "The Bachelorette Season 14, Episode 7 Recap: Becca Picks A Supreme Court Nominee," 10 July 2018

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First Known Use of catamaran

1673, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for catamaran

Tamil kaṭṭumaram, from kaṭṭu to tie + maram tree, wood

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The first known use of catamaran was in 1673

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English Language Learners Definition of catamaran

: a boat with two hulls

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