sail·​mak·​er | \ ˈsāl-ˌmā-kər \

Definition of sailmaker

: a person or company that cuts, assembles, and sews sails and canvas parts for boats

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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, "‘I’m Just More Afraid of Climate Change Than I Am of Prison’," 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, "Anchoring Bangladesh's Ancient Boatbuilding Technology," 17 Nov. 2016 James Forten, the wealthy black Philadelphia sailmaker, kept Garrison afloat at critical moments. Ira Berlin, New York Times, "THE SLAVE’S CAUSE," 26 Feb. 2016

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First Known Use of sailmaker

1596, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of sailmaker was in 1596

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