sail·​boat | \ ˈsāl-ˌbōt How to pronounce sailboat (audio) \

Definition of sailboat

: a boat usually propelled by sail

Other Words from sailboat

sailboater \ ˈsāl-​ˌbō-​tər How to pronounce sailboat (audio) \ noun
sailboating \ ˈsāl-​ˌbō-​tiŋ How to pronounce sailboat (audio) \ noun

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Examples of sailboat in a Sentence

we were stuck in the sailboat for an hour until the wind came up and we could move again
Recent Examples on the Web When the sailboat approached shore, the passengers came up on deck only to see the two smugglers who had captained the ship, both wearing ski masks, fleeing the scene in a black boat. Arkansas Online, 25 Nov. 2021 Dave Galdo is trading in cattle and cowboy boots for the open sea — embarking on a journey that the builder of his sailboat had dreamed of one day taking himself. Catherine Garcia, The Week, 19 Oct. 2021 After the initial brouhaha about the world’s largest sailboat, Dream Symphony went dark. Julia Zaltzman, Robb Report, 22 Oct. 2021 Grab a snorkel, paddleboard, or sailboat and enjoy the crystal clear visibility of Meads Bay. Michelle Stansbury, Marie Claire, 18 Oct. 2021 In 1991, Hurricane Bob yanked the family’s sailboat from its mooring and stranded it in on a nearby bridge., 21 Aug. 2021 Spencer Manson, a Petty Officer 3rd Class with the U.S. Coast Guard, got a baptism of fire on his first mission when he and his team were called to rescue a sinking sailboat some 90 miles off the coast of California. Terry Baddoo, USA TODAY, 22 Oct. 2021 Agents heading back from the Tijuana border spotted a shabby sailboat and stopped to question the two passengers. Los Angeles Times, 19 Oct. 2021 My colleague Billy Baker has a beautiful story about two men and one magnificent sailboat., 18 Oct. 2021

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First Known Use of sailboat

1752, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of sailboat was in 1752

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14 Jan 2022

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“Sailboat.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jan. 2022.

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English Language Learners Definition of sailboat

: a boat that has a sail


sail·​boat | \ ˈsāl-ˌbōt How to pronounce sailboat (audio) \

Kids Definition of sailboat

: a boat equipped with sails

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