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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In the years that followed, the upstart hired a massive sales force, sponsored a Tour de France team (later dropped amid doping allegations) and backed a catamaran racing series that traveled the world, iShares emblazoned on the sails. Asjylyn Loder, WSJ, "The $5 Trillion Question: How Did the Firm That Pioneered ETFs Lose Its Lead?," 27 July 2018 Getting There Fly into Split airport and take a ferryboat (roughly two hours) or catamaran (one hour) to Hvar island; check the boat schedules at Anja Mutić, WSJ, "A Guide to Croatia’s Island Hideouts," 19 July 2018 The voyage At noon on Sunday, June 17, the Race to Alaska participants — a mix of monohulls, catamarans, trimarans, and kayakers — set off from Victoria’s Inner Harbor and effectively said goodbye to civilization. Alexa Philippou, The Seattle Times, "Sail like a girl: How an all-female team made history and won the 750-mile Race to Alaska," 14 July 2018 The Oracle chief then hosted subsequent races in hydrofoiling catamarans that soared above the waves at highway speeds, their maneuvers detailed with high-tech, on-screen graphics. Aaron Kuriloff, WSJ, "New York Yacht Club Has Sights Set on the America’s Cup," 15 Aug. 2018 Piloting enormous, temperamental catamarans is dangerous, even for the Olympians sailing them. Luke O'brien, Town & Country, "Hot Pursuit," 1 Sep. 2013 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

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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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