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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Examples of schooner in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But the West called to him, spurring him to sell his belongings in New Orleans and buy a 106-ton schooner named Julia Ann, which took him across the Pacific Ocean. Justin Raystaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 23 June 2022 Docked at the Gangplank Marina at the Wharf, the 65-foot American Spirit schooner is a fundraising resource and an opportunity for the public to partake in sails, private charters and events. Erin E. Williams, Washington Post, 9 June 2022 During the retreat, Wadsworth ordered Revere to send his brig carrying artillery to help evacuate a schooner that was drifting toward the British fleet. Globe Staff,, 19 July 2022 In one memorable case, the bottle failed to break on Zaca, a schooner that belonged to Errol Flynn. Evan Osnos, The New Yorker, 18 July 2022 While small parts of the two-masted wooden schooner have been brought to the surface, researchers have found that most of the ship — including the pen that was used to imprison the captives — remains intact on the river bottom. Washington Post, 2 May 2022 The vehicle also found the wrecks of a colonial boat and a schooner thought to date to some 200 years ago, to the period shortly after Colombia’s war of independence from Spain. Ana Vanessa Herrero, Washington Post, 8 June 2022 The other shipwrecks—a colonial boat and a schooner—are thought to date back to Colombia’s war of independence from Spain, which took place more than 200 years ago. Bryan Hood, Robb Report, 8 June 2022 Scic has a fleet of classic ketch yachts with modern schooner rigging and sails with a surface area of around 4,300 square feet. Ann Abel, Forbes, 27 June 2022 See More

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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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“Schooner.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Aug. 2022.

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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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