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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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Examples of schooner in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Throughout the weekend, the public is invited to take a close-up view of this replica War of 1812 privateer schooner and witness crewmembers at work., "Pride of Baltimore II, a replica War of 1812 ship, to dock in Havre de Grace the weekend of May 7-9," 29 Apr. 2021 The whale was transported to New York by schooner, railcar and a water-tight canal boat flooded with five feet of water, then sent by train to Cincinnati. Jeff Suess, The Enquirer, "Tragic tale of the whales displayed at a Cincinnati resort in 1877," 25 Apr. 2021 The writer sailed the Croatian islands aboard the Satori, a 136-foot schooner that belongs to Claus Thottrup, owner of the Borgo Santo Pietro hotel in Tuscany. Timothy O'grady, Condé Nast Traveler, "Sailing Croatia's Quiet Kornati Islands, a Place of Beauty and Resilience," 26 Mar. 2021 Sessions take place on twin 110-foot brigantines in San Pedro and a 130-foot schooner in Long Beach. Los Angeles Times, "Pop-up digital forest in DTLA? Yes, please," 8 Apr. 2021 There was speculation in 2018 that the shipwreck was another schooner, the LC Woodruff. CBS News, "Shipwreck from 1880s revealed by shifting Lake Michigan water levels," 19 Mar. 2021 In Cranston’s historic Pawtuxet Village, this bistro’s interior pays homage to the area’s historic roots, particularly how Rhode Island colonists burned the HMS Gaspee, the English customers schooner, on June 9, 1772 in Gaspee Point. Globe Staff,, "6 last-minute takeout specials for St. Patrick’s Day in Rhode Island," 17 Mar. 2021 The schooner sleeps up to 16 guests in eight spacious cabins. Fran Golden, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Best Private Yacht Charters for Small Groups," 17 Mar. 2021 A year before, the captain of a South African schooner docked at the yacht basin had vanished after killing his first mate with a machete. Andrea Lee, The New Yorker, "The Rivals," 28 Dec. 2020

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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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2 May 2021

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“Schooner.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 May. 2021.

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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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