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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Recent Examples on the Web The shipyard builds two aluminum vessels for the Navy: A futuristic Littoral Combat Ship and a multipurpose catamaran called the Expeditionary Fast Transport (EPF). al, "Austal USA gets $50 million to steel itself for the future," 23 June 2020 One couple who bought a catamaran from her had rented a beach house in Cuba for a month this summer. J.k. Dineen,, "Bay Area boat sales booming during shutdown," 5 June 2020 Major Marine Tours has cruises in Kenai Fjords National Park out of Seward from 3½ to 8½ hours on vessels ranging from large catamarans to much smaller ships. Mike Campbell, Anchorage Daily News, "Whether it’s on a boat tour, raft or kayak, get on the water and soak up some scenery," 28 May 2020 Visitors scuba dive, snorkel, or cruise in a catamaran, sailboat, or glass-bottom boat to experience the colorful coral and marine life that includes sea turtles, eels, anemones, and a wide variety of fish. Patricia Doherty, Travel + Leisure, "The Best Places to Travel in April," 12 Feb. 2020 Thunberg is sailing back to Europe aboard La Vagabonde, a 48-foot catamaran operated by Riley Whitelum and Elayna Carausu. Doyle Rice, USA TODAY, "Greta Thunberg is sailing back across the Atlantic. Here's what she accomplished while in the US," 14 Nov. 2019 Day 10 – 14: Galapagos Island hop aboard an intimate catamaran and get face-to-face with an incredible array of animal species. Jordan Harvey, Travel + Leisure, "Jordan Harvey's 14-day Itinerary to Machu Picchu and the Galapagos," 23 Apr. 2020 In Juneau, Milos and her husband packed up their cat in a catamaran arranged by the ferry service and took up residence on board for a week with their 1988 Nissan Pathfinder. Ian Duncan, Washington Post, "Steep budget cuts left Alaska with only one operating mainline ferry. Then it broke down.," 24 Feb. 2020 The Cat, a high-speed catamaran, will sail between Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, to Bar Harbor until Labor Day, said Bay Ferries CEO Mark MacDonald. USA TODAY, "Fallen hero honored, manatees rescued, rabid bats on campus, hungry bears not hibernating: News from around our 50 states," 24 Feb. 2020

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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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26 Jun 2020

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“Catamaran.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of catamaran

: a boat with two hulls

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