catamaran

noun
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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Our catamaran trip to Ballesta Island was perfectly romantic. Arie Luyendyk Jr., PEOPLE.com, "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, Philly.com, "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, PEOPLE.com, "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, refinery29.com, "The Bachelorette Season 14, Episode 7 Recap: Becca Picks A Supreme Court Nominee," 10 July 2018 After spending a few hours making out all over their catamaran, Becca and Colton are introduced to a local fisherman who teaches them how to dive for conchs. Aurelie Corinthios, PEOPLE.com, "'Deal Breaker'? One of Becca Kufrin's Bachelorette Frontrunners Reveals He's a Virgin," 9 July 2018 Book a catamaran for a day of snorkeling, deep sea diving, or simple cruising. Kerry Pieri, Harper's BAZAAR, "How to Vacation Like a Royal in Nevis," 25 June 2018 The 70-foot-long aluminum catamaran will boast a top speed of 22 knots (about 25 mph) and have room for 84 passengers. David R. Baker, SFChronicle.com, "Fuel-cell ferry coming to San Francisco Bay," 25 June 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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catamaran

noun

English Language Learners Definition of catamaran

: a boat with two hulls

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