sail·​cloth ˈsāl-ˌklȯth How to pronounce sailcloth (audio)
: a heavy canvas used for sails, tents, or upholstery
also : a lightweight canvas used for clothing

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Durable sailcloth, metal rivets, and lots of pocket space pockets make this Flint and Tinder apron an excellent gift for the pit boss in your life. John Thompson, Men's Health, 16 Nov. 2022 Stumps, sailcloth and a peacock named George: See how schools across America have moved classes outdoors to combat the coronavirus. Amelia Nierenberg, New York Times, 27 Oct. 2020 The boats are different, the sailcloth is different, the clothing is, of course, vastly different. Alisha Prakash, Travel + Leisure, 21 Sep. 2020 Tough, dependable, and timeless, the Waxed Trucker Jacket is made from weather-resistant, waxed sailcloth with a comfortable flannel lining and only looks better with age. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, 10 June 2020 The Glasers also have an assortment of organizers made out of sturdy sailcloth that match up with bags and backpacks. Scott Mcmurren, Anchorage Daily News, 13 June 2020 Made from weather-resistant, waxed sailcloth with a comfortable flannel lining, the jacket will only look better with age. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, 5 June 2019 It’s made of upcycled sailcloth, and its form is informed by a NASA bag that Neil Armstrong used to bring his personal effects back from the Moon, known as the McDivitt Purse. Andrew Liptak, The Verge, 7 Sep. 2018 And if all goes well, Schofield and Corr want to try a similar approach for other organic materials from the shipwreck, like leather and textiles (the artifacts recovered from the seafloor include pieces of velvet, sailcloth, and other fabrics). Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, 24 Aug. 2018 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

13th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of sailcloth was in the 13th century

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“Sailcloth.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Dec. 2022.

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sail·​cloth -ˌklȯth How to pronounce sailcloth (audio)
: a heavy canvas

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