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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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Recent Examples on the Web Ocean Beach Park, New London, Connecticut This half-mile, golden-sand beach with gentle tides provides great views of ferries and schooners sailing past the New London lighthouse. Patricia Doherty, Travel + Leisure, "25 Best Beaches in the U.S.," 20 May 2020 Much of that research was conducted by scientists on the research vessel Vema, a three-mast schooner that Columbia purchased in 1953. Richard Schiffman, New York Times, "The Lab That Discovered Global Warming Has Good News and Bad News," 24 Apr. 2020 Know of a 50-year-old schooner collecting barnacles somewhere? Tyler Blint-welsh, WSJ, "New York City Hunts for Historic Ship for Waterfront Park," 16 Feb. 2020 Between 1866 and 1890, more than 380 schooners and 2,450 Gloucester men never returned from the fishing grounds. Sebastian Smee, Washington Post, "Winslow Homer was sentimental. That’s a good thing.," 10 Sep. 2019 Officials with the Port of Ludington Maritime Museum say the remains are consistent with schooners built between the 1850s and 1880s. CBS News, "Shipwreck fragment from 1800s emerges along Lake Michigan beach near "notoriously dangerous" waters," 4 May 2020 Based on the remains that washed ashore, the construction is consistent with schooners built between 1850 and 1880. Meredith Spelbring, Detroit Free Press, "Shipwreck remains wash ashore in West Michigan, possibly dating back to 1850s," 30 Apr. 2020 Instead of flying back from Cuba as originally planned, the crew and students set sail for the Dutch port of Harlingen, a five-week voyage of 4,350 miles, on board the 200-foot top sail schooner Wylde Swan., "Kids in Spain relish outdoor hour as virus lockdowns ease," 26 Apr. 2020 John misses his most direct opportunity to get to the Shumagin Islands and ends up traveling to Nome before backtracking with some questionable characters on a bootlegging schooner. Nancy Lord, Anchorage Daily News, "Spot-on historical novel imagines a 1924 quest to the Shumagin Islands," 8 Feb. 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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27 May 2020

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“Schooner.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Jun. 2020.

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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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