schoo·​ner | \ ˈskü-nər How to pronounce schooner (audio) \

Definition of schooner

1 : a typically 2-masted fore-and-aft rigged vessel with a foremast and a mainmast stepped nearly amidships
2 : a larger-than-usual drinking glass (as for beer)

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Experienced divers can explore hundreds of shipwrecks preserved by Superior’s famously frigid water, including the Bermuda, a 150-foot schooner that sank in 1870 near Michigan’s Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. The Editors, Outside Online, "The Best Road Trips in North America," 10 June 2019 The schooner Tara has made its way around the ocean, collecting samples from the surface to the depths and from pole to pole. Quanta Magazine, "Scientists Discover Nearly 200,000 Kinds of Ocean Viruses," 25 Apr. 2019 The 110-foot long, steel-hulled schooner was built in 1928. Bonnie Gross,, "Boat tours explore underwater Biscayne National Park," 20 June 2019 Foster left West Africa with 110 young men, women, and children crowded into the schooner’s hold. National Geographic, "Last American slave ship is discovered in Alabama," 22 May 2019 Alvey suggests a schooner whose sails will seem impossibly tall inside the bottle. Malia Wollan, New York Times, "How to Build a Ship in a Bottle," 12 Jan. 2018 Later that year, the explorers - Jim Kennard and Dan Scoville, also discovered a rare 19th-century schooner sitting upright 500 feet under the waves of Lake Ontario. Fox News, "Mysterious shipwreck reveals its secrets: Wreck may be Lake Erie’s oldest," 15 Oct. 2018 Haunted Sullivan: Discovery World's ship the S/V Sullivan will transform into a haunted schooner. Amy Schwabe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Weekend guide: Farm & Fleet Toyland celebration, Halloween haunts, a haunted ship and more," 18 Oct. 2017 Researchers have also been trawling through historical records to gain fresh insight into the schooner. Fox News, "Mysterious shipwreck reveals its secrets: Wreck may be Lake Erie’s oldest," 15 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of schooner

1716, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for schooner

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English Language Learners Definition of schooner

: a ship that has usually two masts with the larger mast located toward the center and the shorter mast toward the front
: a large, tall glass


schoo·​ner | \ ˈskü-nər How to pronounce schooner (audio) \

Kids Definition of schooner

: a ship usually having two masts with the mainmast located toward the center and the shorter mast toward the front

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