spritsail

noun
sprit·​sail | \ ˈsprit-ˌsāl How to pronounce spritsail (audio) , -səl \

Definition of spritsail

1 : a sail extended by a sprit
2 : a sail formerly set on a yard beneath the bowsprit

Examples of spritsail in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Strong contrasts of light and dark heighten the drama, most emphatically in the juxtaposition of the brilliantly lighted, tawny spritsail with the dark, billowing clouds looming behind it. Arthur Wheelock, WSJ, 27 Aug. 2021

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First Known Use of spritsail

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Spritsail.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/spritsail. Accessed 26 May. 2022.

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