wind·​jam·​mer | \ˈwin(d)-ˌja-mər \

Definition of windjammer 

: a sailing ship also : one of its crew

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windjamming \ ˈwin(d)-​ˌja-​miŋ \ noun

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bark, dinghy, sailboat

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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

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The company also sails a slightly larger windjammer, the 94-passenger Sea Cloud II. Christian L. Wright, WSJ, "7 Cruise Lines that Don’t Nickel-and-Dime You at Sea," 28 Mar. 2018 Go to sea in search of whales and offshore adventure on a Maine windjammer sailing and whale-watching cruise. Rosemary Mcclure,, "Sail on a windjammer in New England to see whales, deserted islands and fishing villages," 9 Feb. 2018 Brie Beaumont, crew member of a windjammer and a Minneapolis police officer, investigates the apparent suicide of a man who came aboard with six friends, all of whom had reason to kill the businessman who seemed to know all their secrets. Mary Ann Grossmann, Twin Cities, "Rosemount Writers Festival among this week’s literary events," 12 Mar. 2017 But the Avanti was a fast and durable vessel known as a windjammer, with what was in 1875 a state-of-the-art iron hull. Elizabeth Zach, New York Times, "West of Key West, an Under-the-Radar National Park," 24 Aug. 2016

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First Known Use of windjammer

1880, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of windjammer

: a sailing ship

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