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

Examples of sailmaker in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web There were medical staff, a weather router, an expert rigger, an electronic systems manager, a sailmaker and many other team members helping Brauer. Claire Thornton, USA TODAY, 19 Mar. 2024 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,, 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

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Word History

First Known Use

1596, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of sailmaker was in 1596

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“Sailmaker.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 May. 2024.

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