tri·​ma·​ran ˈtrī-mə-ˌran How to pronounce trimaran (audio)
: a fast pleasure sailboat with three hulls side by side

Examples of trimaran in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web No one — not even the French, the nation most dominant in the sport — has single-handedly sailed around the world in a trimaran as small as his. Hayes Gardner, Baltimore Sun, 18 Aug. 2023 The Lawsons purchased a 60-foot trimaran through their nonprofit, the Dark Seas Project, which focuses on diversity and sailing education. Lilly Price, Baltimore Sun, 20 Aug. 2023 The Austal ship, which was the basis for the Independence class, would be an aluminum trimaran — a ship with three hulls. Joaquin Sapien, ProPublica, 23 Nov. 2015 Lawson’s 60-foot trimaran, Defiant, was found about 360 miles from the Mexican shore. Lilly Price, Baltimore Sun, 31 July 2023 The announcement that the crew of a long-range navy patrol boat, searching 356 nautical miles southwest of Acapulco, Mexico, located the 60-foot, tri-hulled sailing craft eased confusion this week about whether Lawson’s trimaran had been recovered. Gabriela Martinez, Washington Post, 28 July 2023 Lawson had been on the journey hoping to set a speed record, sailing a trimaran around the world, Baltimore ABC affiliate WMAR reported. Ellie Kaufman, ABC News, 25 July 2023 The Baltimore Banner reported that a Mexican search plane found what may possibly be Donald Lawson’s 60-foot trimaran, Defiant, off the coast of Acapulco, the Mexican Navy announced Tuesday. David Chiu, Peoplemag, 26 July 2023 Unlike a catamaran, which has two narrow hulls, a trimaran has one hull flanked by two outrigger hulls. Paul Duggan, Washington Post, 24 July 2023 See More

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Word History


tri- + catamaran

First Known Use

1949, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of trimaran was in 1949

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“Trimaran.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Feb. 2024.

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