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[seyl-boht] /ˈseɪlˌboʊt/
a boat having sails as its principal means of propulsion.
Origin of sailboat
1790-1800; sail + boat
Related forms
sailboater, noun
sailboating, noun
Can be confused
barge, boat, canoe, cruise ship, sailboat, ship, yacht. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for sailboat
  • The system actually came from my sailboat and it was refit to my house.
  • Unlike a sailboat or a car, there's no steering wheel or rudder to turn you.
  • The entry fee includes the purchase of a sailboat for the event.
  • The six-pack in the back seat had come from the cooler on my father's sailboat.
  • On the screen, a computer-generated sailboat floats in a stone-lined pool of water.
  • He steals a sailboat to celebrate his graduation from junior-high school.
  • The following morning, the agents boarded the sailboat.
  • It didn't seem to dampen the enthusiasm of the sailboat owners.
  • From a motorboat or sailboat, unless you shut the motor off or furl the sail and the vessel is no longer in motion.
  • Visitation by private recreational sailboat or motorboat.
British Dictionary definitions for sailboat

sailing boat

a boat propelled chiefly by sail
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Word Origin and History for sailboat

also sail-boat, 1769, from sail (n.) + boat (n.).

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