-səl How to pronounce staysail (audio)
: a fore-and-aft sail hoisted on a stay see sail illustration

Examples of staysail in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The 101-foot staysail schooner is a whispering storybook from the 1930s when luminaries like Ernest Hemingway and Cole Porter rubbed shoulders out at sea. Julia Zaltzman, Robb Report, 27 May 2022

These examples are programmatically compiled from various online sources to illustrate current usage of the word 'staysail.' Any opinions expressed in the examples do not represent those of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback about these examples.

Word History

First Known Use

1669, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of staysail was in 1669

Dictionary Entries Near staysail

Cite this Entry

“Staysail.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Dec. 2023.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!