schoo·ner | \ˈskü-nər \

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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Member of the Cleveland Underwater Explorers and the museum have been researching the schooner's history. John Seewer, Fox News, "Shipwreck found in Lake Erie could be nearly 200 years old," 23 Apr. 2018 He and more than 100 others were brought onto the schooner Clotilda for the Atlantic crossing, despite the fact that the U.S. had already banned participation in the global slave trade. Lily Rothman, Time, "Zora Neale Hurston’s Long-Unpublished Barracoon Finds Its Place After Decades of Delay," 10 May 2018 When and If — Also docked in New York City, this schooner was commissioned in 1939 by then-Col. Bethany Ao,, "Everything you need to know about the tall ships in Philadelphia this weekend," 23 May 2018 Today, folks re-enact the revolt at the Colonial Tea Party Festival (May 25-27), sail the Chester River aboard the Sultana, a replica 1770s-era British schooner, and stroll brick sidewalks fronting High Street’s boutiques and galleries. Stephanie Citron,, "Can’t-miss detours along Maryland's Eastern Shore to explore on your beach trip this summer," 8 May 2018 Brigands, buccaneers and even mermaids will be around to entertain landlubbers like yourselves, the Liberty ship John W. Brown and the schooner Panther will be open for tours, there’ll be food, drink and grog aplenty. Chris Kaltenbach,, "Privateers, Platinum Comedy and Jewish film: the best of Baltimore's arts and entertainment scene this week," 15 Apr. 2018 Deep-frozen Jake Gyllenhaal followed by Shailene Woodley on the half-shell, floating across the South Pacific in a dismasted schooner with Sam Claflin languishing in the stern. Aaron Kandell, New York Times, "Review: Shailene Woodley Braves the Elements in ‘Adrift’," 31 May 2018 The 137-foot schooner, built by volunteers in 2000, sails for much of the summer from Discovery World. James B. Nelson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Denis Sullivan patrons can hoist a sail — and a cold one — on new Brew Sails," 31 May 2018 The schooner painting over the sofa has been there forever. Christine Pittel, House Beautiful, "Libby Cameron on Updating Her Family's Maine Cottage," 6 Apr. 2015

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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


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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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