sail·​boat ˈsāl-ˌbōt How to pronounce sailboat (audio)
: a boat usually propelled by sail
sailboater noun
sailboating noun

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 Here in Michigan, Bayview Yacht Club launched its first sailboat race from Port Huron to Mackinac Island. Phoebe Wall Howard, Detroit Free Press, 4 July 2024 A day after almost 120 people from Haiti arrived in Key West on a migrant sailboat, a small group of Haitians landed on the shores of a gated community about 120 miles away at the opposite end of the Florida Keys, according to local police and federal agents. David Goodhue, Miami Herald, 28 June 2024 At the time, offshore sailboat racing was dominated by wealthy sailors and million-dollar yachts. Thomas Curwen, Los Angeles Times, 26 June 2024 Pride Sets Sail to Benefit the Hetrick-Martin Institute Classic Harbor Line, which offers sailboat tours leaving from Chelsea Piers, has teamed up with the Hetrick-Martin Institute. Kristen Tauer, WWD, 24 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for sailboat 

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Word History

First Known Use

1752, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of sailboat was in 1752

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“Sailboat.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Jul. 2024.

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sail·​boat ˈsā(ə)l-ˌbōt How to pronounce sailboat (audio)
: a boat equipped with sails

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