sail·​boat | \ ˈsāl-ˌbōt \

Definition of sailboat

: a boat usually propelled by sail

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Other Words from sailboat

sailboater \ ˈsāl-​ˌbō-​tər \ noun
sailboating \ ˈsāl-​ˌbō-​tiŋ \ noun

Synonyms for sailboat


bark, dinghy, windjammer

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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

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The allure goes much deeper than its endless, untouched beaches with roaming donkeys and wooden sailboats (although that alone sounds pretty magical to us)—the winding streets of its historic old town date back to the 14th century. Monica Mendal, Vogue, "A Designer’s Guide to Lamu Island, Kenya’s Hidden Paradise," 4 Feb. 2019 McGuckin had lost both masts, but had constructed a temporary jury-rig to get his sailboat to within a few kilometers (miles) of Tomy's boat. Rod Mcguirk, Fox News, "Rescued Indian and Irish sailors head for remote island," 24 Sep. 2018 Finding inspiration in Lake Pontchartrain and the area's many waterways, Fontainebleau students made one of the shoes an airboat and the other a sailboat. Bob Warren,, "St. Tammany students designed shoes for Vans. Will it win them $75K?," 9 May 2018 And the sun will crawl across the horizon — like a sailboat skimming across a pond — throughout this incredibly short winter solstice day. Brian Resnick, Vox, "The winter solstice is incredibly beautiful in America’s northernmost city," 20 Dec. 2018 An Indian Armed Forces P-8 Poseidon surveillance aircraft flying from Mauritius helped authorities assess the conditions of the sailboats. Rod Mcguirk, The Seattle Times, "Rescued Indian and Irish sailors reach remote island," 25 Sep. 2018 If the Pelican tests succeed, the Maersk could try out rotors on other vessels and turn more cargo ships into hybrid sailboats. Andrew Moseman, Popular Mechanics, "Cargo Ships Are Turning Back to Wind Power—But Don't Expect Big Triangular Sails," 31 Aug. 2018 The Canadians, meanwhile, are seeking to tax cucumbers, gherkins, pizza, ketchup, beer kegs, lawn mowers, sailboats, sleeping bags, and playing cards., "Yachts, Bourbon & Cigarettes: Europe Is Coming After Finance Bros," 4 June 2018 Another harbor tenant, Boat Rentals of American, can’t rent as many sailboats and powerboats, said assistant manager John Ratcliff. Phil Diehl,, "Sand buildup at Oceanside harbor beginning to cause problems for boats," 24 June 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of sailboat

US : a boat that has a sail


sail·​boat | \ ˈsāl-ˌbōt \

Kids Definition of sailboat

: a boat equipped with sails

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