cat·​a·​ma·​ran ˌka-tə-mə-ˈran How to pronounce catamaran (audio)
: a vessel (such as a sailboat) with twin hulls and usually a deck or superstructure connecting the hulls

Illustration of catamaran

Illustration of catamaran

Examples of catamaran in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Wider Yachts will unveil its first catamaran in less than a fortnight. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, 16 May 2024 Antigua and Barbuda are the next ports, where guests have a day to explore on land or via a catamaran cruise. Patricia Doherty, Travel + Leisure, 14 May 2024 Every sailor's needs can be met, from sleek monohulls ideal for speed and agility to more spacious catamarans perfect for larger groups seeking stability and comfort. Hilary Tetenbaum, USA TODAY, 8 May 2024 The two 48-passenger catamarans that Manatee County launched its water taxi service with each cost about $450,000. James A. Jones Jr., Miami Herald, 16 Apr. 2024 That is the same day Hendry and Brandel’s catamaran was discovered. Lizzie Johnson, Washington Post, 24 Feb. 2024 Those who prefer something more active can rent jet skis or head on a catboat tour in a two-person catamaran. Dobrina Zhekova, Travel + Leisure, 10 Apr. 2024 Visitors here can also take a catamaran to Cayo Blanco, a small cay off the coast. Brittany Anas, Forbes, 24 Feb. 2024 The catamaran hull is further enhanced by a Praxis dynamic positioning system for keeping the yacht in place at sea. Julia Zaltzman, Robb Report, 29 Mar. 2024

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Word History


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

First Known Use

1673, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of catamaran was in 1673

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Cite this Entry

“Catamaran.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 2024.

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cat·​a·​ma·​ran ˌkat-ə-mə-ˈran How to pronounce catamaran (audio)
: a boat with twin hulls
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