sailmaker

noun

sail·​mak·​er ˈsāl-ˌmā-kər How to pronounce sailmaker (audio)
: a person or company that cuts, assembles, and sews sails and canvas parts for boats

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Bedwell, a sailmaker by trade, isn’t new to sailing big oceans in small boats. Howard Walker, Robb Report, 6 Sep. 2022 The endpapers of this handsome book are decorated with drawings of objects used during the Age of Sail—sextants, box compasses, sailmaker’s fids. Meghan Cox Gurdon, WSJ, 15 Oct. 2021 Active free Black communities, led by men such as the brilliant Philadelphia sailmaker James Forten, managed to prevent the most extreme of such laws from sweeping into states such as Pennsylvania and New York. Washington Post, 23 Apr. 2021 Pioneering sailmaker who won an Olympic gold medal and four world championships in the Star Class. George Welsh, BostonGlobe.com, 2 Jan. 2019 North Sails Lowell North, a five-time world champion and Olympic gold medal-winning sailor who was also the founder of North Sails, the largest sailmaker in the world, died on June 2 at his home in San Diego. New York Times, 6 June 2019 On May 15, 2013, Ward and a young Quaker sailmaker named Jay O’Hara piloted a 32-foot lobster boat into the Brayton Point ship channel, dropping anchor in the path of a freighter carrying a load of West Virginia coal to the power station. Michelle Nijhuis, New York Times, 13 Feb. 2018 So Khan began hiring master ship's carpenters, sailmakers, ropemakers, and blacksmiths to build scale-model boats, helping them amass expertise and craftsmanship while providing scores of jobs. Gary Strauss, National Geographic, 17 Nov. 2016 James Forten, the wealthy black Philadelphia sailmaker, kept Garrison afloat at critical moments. Ira Berlin, New York Times, 26 Feb. 2016 See More

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

Word History

First Known Use

1596, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of sailmaker was in 1596

Dictionary Entries Near sailmaker

Cite this Entry

“Sailmaker.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sailmaker. Accessed 8 Dec. 2022.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!


Challenging Words You Should Know

  • hedgehog reading a book
  • Often used to describe “the march of time,” what does inexorable mean?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

TAKE THE QUIZ