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

Definition of sailboat

: a boat usually propelled by sail

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Other Words from sailboat

sailboater \ ˈsāl-​ˌbō-​tər How to pronounce sailboater (audio) \ noun
sailboating \ ˈsāl-​ˌbō-​tiŋ How to pronounce sailboating (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 Brian Trautman quit his job as a software analyst to buy a $400,000 sailboat and travel the world. Jefferson Graham, USA TODAY, "'We're vagabonds of the sea': How this YouTuber quit his job to sail the world," 4 Nov. 2020 Some of the group chained themselves to a sailboat parked in the middle of an intersection. Nicholas Rowan, Washington Examiner, "Protesters plan to 'make sure Trump leaves' after election," 29 Oct. 2020 The men who fell off the boat were able to swim to a nearby sailboat. Amir Vera And Melissa Alonso, CNN, "Boat in Florida goes out of control after passengers fell overboard, deputies say," 11 Oct. 2020 An approximately 50-foot sailboat that had been docked near the Niña became temporarily entangled with the ship on its portside. al, "Christopher Columbus replica ships survive Hurricane Sally in Alabama, Florida," 25 Sep. 2020 One example comes from Portland lawyer Sarah Laidlaw, who, with her husband Rob, recently launched a sailboat for a round-the-world tour -- and last week found herself in a thick, endless wave of smoke three miles out to sea. oregonlive, "Oregon wildfires can stress, damage health of wild animals that survive, upend bird migrations," 18 Sep. 2020 There was a truckload of other people’s furniture by her pool, and a 40-foot sailboat had come to rest under the house. al, "‘The scariest adventure:’ Riding out Hurricane Sally," 18 Sep. 2020 Nominated for National Geographic Adventurer of the Year in 2015, Clark has captained her 40-foot sailboat throughout the Pacific for more than a decade. Karen Carmichael, National Geographic, "Set sail with these 10 books about epic ocean voyages," 9 Sep. 2020 Four people were rescued from Lake Michigan on Wednesday after their 16-foot sailboat overturned near Atwater Beach in Shorewood. Jeff Rumage, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Four people were rescued from Lake Michigan after their sailboat overturned near Atwater Beach in Shorewood," 3 Sep. 2020

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'sailboat.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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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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9 Nov 2020

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“Sailboat.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Dec. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of sailboat

US : 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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