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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This museum is at its finest, though, in the personal details, the painting of the White House by Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy or the 35th president’s simple sketch of a sailboat. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "New England museums to visit this summer and fall," 4 July 2018 Keeping track Suzanne Green, 67, of Senelon Falls, Ontario, has been cooking for sailboat racers for 25 years. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, "How 5 Port Huron-to-Mackinac racers feed sailboat crews," 13 July 2018 For decades, sailors and vendors have flocked to Annapolis in the fall for what’s billed as the world’s largest in-water sailboat show. Talia Richman,, "Annapolis Boat Show will 'rise above' after flooding during last year's event," 7 July 2018 Searchers were at the lake until after midnight Tuesday but were forced to leave because of high winds, darkness and the fact that the sailboat had drifted significantly from the spot where the man fell, the fire department said. Nichole Manna, star-telegram, "Search underway for 19-year-old who drowned in Grapevine Lake," 4 July 2018 With its weekly sailboat races and picturesque downtown, residents were settling into the rhythms of summer when the shooting shattered the town's usual tranquility. Fox News, "The Latest: Priest highlights work of 5 slain journalists," 30 June 2018 Don Pedersen, her husband's uncle, was a master shipwright who developed the Viking sailboat. Bradley Zint,, "New exhibit tells ‘The Hull Story’ of Costa Mesa’s boatbuilding past," 4 May 2018 Police near Vancouver, Canada, pulled over an SUV driver this week for towing a sailboat precariously perched on a ramshackle trailer that had been customized with wood pallets and duct tape. Gary Gastelu, Fox News, "Police pull over SUV towing boat trailer made with wood pallets and duct tape," 10 July 2018 Amenities: Dine inside a windmill, on a sailboat indoors or relax outside on the patio on the Fox River. Shonda Talerico Dudlicek, Elgin Courier-News, "Guide to outdoor dining in Chicago suburbs: Port Edward in Algonquin," 7 July 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

: a boat that has a sail


sail·boat | \ ˈsāl-ˌbōt \

Kids Definition of sailboat

: a boat equipped with sails

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