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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In the River Oaks neighborhood just west of LaBelle, the algae lefty a scummy line on docks and pilings, and socked in sailboats and pontoons. Jenny Staletovich, miamiherald, "Massive and toxic algae bloom threatens Florida coasts with another lost summer," 29 June 2018 More than 60 sailboats came out for the first Elliott Bay Marina’s Downtown Sailing Series. Greg Gilbert, The Seattle Times, "Set sail for Elliott Bay Marina’s Downtown Sailing Series," 19 June 2018 The search for Mugford and Sophia McKenna was suspended May 29 after the sailboat was found without a mast on Truman Beach near Greenport, N.Y., on Long Island. Ruth Bruno,, "Body Found In LI Sound Off Groton Identified As Man Reported Missing Memorial Day Weekend," 8 June 2018 The path twists along Stonington Harbor where clusters of sailboats dance around in the water. Peter Marteka,, "A Visit To Stonington's Seashore And Preserve Where Expansive Views And Connecticut History Are Showcased," 6 July 2018 Nine sailboats and four power boats were destroyed. Rebecca Ellis, miamiherald, "Shake-A-Leg's fleet mysteriously vandalized in the dead of night," 5 July 2018 The North Shore Yacht Club took to the Highland Park High School swimming pool June 10 to practice capsize drills on sailboats and kayaks. Denys Bucksten,, "North Shore Yacht Club members tip, flip and right the ship," 12 June 2018 Lecomte will be accompanied by a 67-foot sailboat and each day, a smaller inflatable motorboat or kayak will lead him in the water, keeping him on-course. Author: Rick Maese, Anchorage Daily News, "Six months, 5,500 miles, one ocean: Ben Lecomte wants to be first to swim across the Pacific," 24 May 2018 Lecomte will be accompanied by a 67-foot sailboat and each day, a smaller inflatable motorboat or kayak will lead him in the water, keeping him on-course. Rick Maese,, "Six months. 5,500 miles. One ocean. Ben Lecomte wants to be first to swim across Pacific," 24 May 2018

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First Known Use of sailboat

1752, in the meaning defined above

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10 Nov 2018

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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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