Definition of spinnaker
: a large triangular sail set on a long light pole and used when running before the wind
Recent Examples of spinnaker from the Web
Photographer: MARK LLOYD/AFP/Getty Images Old School A spinnaker pulls a boat during the J Class Regatta on June 19, 2017.
Waning are the days of billowing spinnakers and yachtsmen in striped ties and blue blazers.
Liam Kennedy, 18, a senior at Annapolis High and the team's new spinnaker trimmer, had heard enough.
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Origin and Etymology of spinnaker
First Known Use: 1866See Words from the same year
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Definition of spinnaker for English Language Learners
: a large triangular sail on a boat that is used when the wind is blowing from behind
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