wind·​jam·​mer ˈwin(d)-ˌja-mər How to pronounce windjammer (audio)
: a sailing ship
also : one of its crew
windjamming noun

Examples of windjammer in a Sentence

with no set course to follow, a windjammer sails wherever the wind and the captain's whim takes it
Recent Examples on the Web Take a stroll around the harbor to look at the fishing boats, yachts, and windjammers. Pamela Wright,, 15 Sep. 2023 Schooner Heritage, Rockland Cast your troubles to the wind with an all-inclusive sailing vacation onboard the Schooner Heritage, a Maine windjammer that cruises Penobscot Bay. Hilary Nangle, Travel + Leisure, 4 July 2023 Historic windjammers and dozens of other boats bob in Camden’s harbor. Heather Eng, Travel + Leisure, 25 Mar. 2023 The thrown-togetherness of a windjammer cruise seems part of the appeal. Scott Laird, Condé Nast Traveler, 12 Apr. 2022 But Warren had an advantage: The Rex, converted from a windjammer to a barge, couldn’t move under its own power. Los Angeles Times, 26 May 2021 Cornero spent $200,000 transforming a 300-foot-long former windjammer into a casino. Los Angeles Times, 26 May 2021 Each windjammer is individually owned and operated and offers 3- to 10-night sailing vacations from May through October. Margie Goldsmith, Forbes, 24 May 2021 But more mainstream companies now are operating sailing ships: Take Windstar, whose three windjammers sail under engine and wind power simultaneously, or Ponant’s namesake three-masted clipper, the first in its fleet. Mark Ellwood, Condé Nast Traveler, 5 Dec. 2019 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1880, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of windjammer was in 1880

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“Windjammer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Dec. 2023.

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wind·​jam·​mer ˈwin(d)-ˌjam-ər How to pronounce windjammer (audio)
: a sailing ship
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