cat·​boat ˈkat-ˌbōt How to pronounce catboat (audio)
: a sailboat having a cat rig and usually a centerboard and being of light draft and broad beam

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Illustration of catboat

Examples of catboat in a Sentence

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Word History

First Known Use

1860, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of catboat was in 1860

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“Catboat.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Apr. 2024.

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cat·​boat -ˌbōt How to pronounce catboat (audio)
: a sailboat with a single mast set far forward and a single large sail with a long boom

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