sail·​boat ˈsāl-ˌbōt How to pronounce sailboat (audio)
: a boat usually propelled by sail
sailboater noun
sailboating noun

Example Sentences

we were stuck in the sailboat for an hour until the wind came up and we could move again
Recent Examples on the Web Winch started off by penning the interior and exterior of a 36-foot Swan sailboat, before later moving onto superyachts, buildings, helicopters, and planes. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, 16 May 2023 Authorities said Hurst was last known to have been aboard his sailboat during Hurricane Ian. Charles Runnells, USA TODAY, 16 Jan. 2023 The only passenger onboard, an inexperienced sailor, turned the sailboat around to find him, but the man had disappeared into the fog, Cummings wrote., 24 Aug. 2022 According to Jones' Facebook page, the couple had been refreshing the wooden monohull sailboat at the Fort Monroe marina in Hampton before setting sail. Dennis Romero, NBC News, 22 June 2022 While vacationing with then-wife Nicole Kidman and their kids on their luxury yacht in 1997, Tom Cruise spotted a sailboat going up in flames. Ethan Sapienza, Vulture, 12 May 2022 Maybe soon, the space equivalent of high-tech sailboats will be beaming us information from the edges of our Solar System. Jackie Appel, Popular Mechanics, 6 May 2023 The three were sailing a capable 41-foot fiberglass boat, with similar sailboats successfully circumnavigating the planet. Peter Charalambous, ABC News, 17 Apr. 2023 Saturday, the center hosted its annual open house, giving people free tours on sailboats or kayaks. Julie Johnson, San Francisco Chronicle, 15 Apr. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1752, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of sailboat was in 1752

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“Sailboat.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2023.

Kids Definition


sail·​boat ˈsā(ə)l-ˌbōt How to pronounce sailboat (audio)
: a boat equipped with sails

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