spinnaker

noun
spin·​na·​ker | \ ˈspi-ni-kər How to pronounce spinnaker (audio) \

Definition of spinnaker

: a large triangular sail set on a long light pole and used when running before the wind

Examples of spinnaker in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Our readers are obsessed with the Coopers Town Stripe Quarter Zip Pullover, which is available in gray and spinnaker. Courtney Campbell, USA TODAY, "15 things everyone is buying from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale," 14 Aug. 2020 Team Vineyard Vines is traveling from Connecticut, with a giant pink whale on its spinnaker sail. Laura Johnston, cleveland.com, "J/70 North American sailing championships coming to Cleveland," 11 Sep. 2019 Mafia Deep Blue Bag Best for: Vacationing sea monsters The shell of the Deep Blue gets its crinkly feel from recycled spinnaker sails. Michael Calore, WIRED, "2 Eco-Friendly Backpacks for Your Anywhere Adventures," 9 July 2018 The boat heels suddenly while the crew lets out a ballooning spinnaker to catch even more wind as Team Brunel swerves to within a few meters of a competitor. Time, "Are You Tough Enough? This Round-the-World Race is Known as the 'Everest of Sailing'," 16 Feb. 2018 The fleet races out between the heads and turns south into the Tasman Sea for a long haul down the southeast coast of Australia, sometimes running under spinnaker, sometimes facing stiff headwinds. Rob Hodgetts, CNN, "Sydney to Hobart race 2017: 5 things to know about sailing's offshore classic," 22 Dec. 2017 Photographer: MARK LLOYD/AFP/Getty Images Old School A spinnaker pulls a boat during the J Class Regatta on June 19, 2017. Chris Rovzar, Bloomberg.com, "Thrills, Spills, and Royals: All the Action From the America’s Cup in Bermuda," 27 June 2017 Liam Kennedy, 18, a senior at Annapolis High and the team's new spinnaker trimmer, had heard enough. C.j. Doon, baltimoresun.com, "Junior sailors to compete at Helly Hansen National Offshore One Design Regatta," 3 May 2017 Photographer: MARK LLOYD/AFP/Getty Images Old School A spinnaker pulls a boat during the J Class Regatta on June 19, 2017. Chris Rovzar, Bloomberg.com, "Thrills, Spills, and Royals: All the Action From the America’s Cup in Bermuda," 27 June 2017

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First Known Use of spinnaker

1866, in the meaning defined above

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“Spinnaker.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/spinnaker. Accessed 2 Mar. 2021.

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spinnaker

noun

English Language Learners Definition of spinnaker

: a large triangular sail on a boat that is used when the wind is blowing from behind

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