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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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  • Then the whole party was to go down to the wharf and the sailboat.

    Mary-'Gusta Joseph C. Lincoln
  • There were two or three schooners far out, and nearer shore, a sailboat.

    Mary-'Gusta Joseph C. Lincoln
  • And then, reared over on one side and scooting along before the wind, a sailboat.

    The Phantom Violin Roy J. Snell
  • The Zephyr was rapidly approaching the Sylph, as the sailboat was called.

    The Boat Club Oliver Optic
  • Captain Gildrock was not a man to be trifled with, or one to be balked by a sailboat like the schooner.

    All Adrift Oliver Optic
  • This is Beach Cliff, where we have to take a sailboat to Killykinick.

    Killykinick Mary T. Waggaman
  • Bobby came in, and Julian joined the others in time to celebrate the superior attractions of a sailboat over a beastly launch.

    The Messenger Elizabeth Robins
Word Origin and History for sailboat

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

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