cat·​a·​ma·​ran | \ ˌka-tə-mə-ˈran How to pronounce catamaran (audio) , 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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Both the 14-passenger BrewBoat and 16-passenger BrewBoat II are 31-foot catamarans propelled through the water by a large rear paddle wheel. Maura Zurick,, "Experience BrewBoat party cruise on Facebook Live today at 5 p.m. down Cuyahoga River with Maura Zurick," 14 June 2019 Families staying five to eight nights get a generous $1,500 resort credit that buys spa treatments, catamaran sails and swims with the dolphins. Melanie Reffes, USA TODAY, "Summer on sale in the Caribbean: Stay at luxurious resorts at a huge discount," 11 June 2019 In September, Four Seasons will also launch Manta Trust Expeditions aboard the Four Seasons Explorer, its three-deck, 22-person catamaran, which is the Maldives’ fastest and most luxurious floating resort. Alexandra Kirkman, Fortune, "These Sea Creatures Are Another Big Reason to Go to the Maldives," 8 June 2019 When Crage and her brother were in elementary school, the family lived on a catamaran for eight months, sailing across the Pacific from the Marquesas Islands to New Zealand. San Diego Union-Tribune, "U-T All-Academic Team Captains for spring sports," 12 June 2019 Kevin Brown, a 37-year-old wealthy entrepreneur from Rocky River, Ohio, near Cleveland, was killed instantly when his 32-foot catamaran speedboat flipped over and crashed. Washington Post, "Friend’s death at Trump resort odd irony in Ohio Senate race," 20 Apr. 2018 Spearhead-class EPFs are 338 foot long catamaran vessels displacing 2,500 tons. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The U.S. Navy Wants a New 'Ambulance Ship' to Treat War Wounded," 26 Mar. 2019 Christos StergiouTrueTripsStergiou can pull off private, after-hours access to museums, organize catamaran trips around the Cyclades, and find quality hotel rooms, even in high season. Paul Brady, Condé Nast Traveler, "2018 Top Travel Specialists We Trust," 19 Oct. 2018 But in a huge, wing-sailed catamaran supporting hundreds of tons of load, bad things can happen. Luke O'brien, Town & Country, "Hot Pursuit," 1 Sep. 2013

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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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