Nautical. any of various types of sailing vessel having a foremast and mainmast, with or without other masts, and having fore-and-aft sails on all lower masts. Compare ketch, topsail schooner, yawl ( def 2 ).
a very tall glass, as for beer.

1705–15, Americanism; perhaps scoon, variant of dial. scun scud1 (compare dialectal Swedish skunna, Old English scyndan) + -er1 Unabridged
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schooner (ˈskuːnə)
1.  a sailing vessel with at least two masts, with all lower sails rigged fore-and-aft, and with the main mast stepped aft
2.  (Brit) a large glass for sherry
3.  (US), (Canadian), (Austral), (NZ) a large glass for beer
[C18: origin uncertain]

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Word Origin & History

1716, perhaps from a New England verb related to Scottish scon "to send over water, to skip stones." Skeat relates this dial. verb to shunt. Spelling probably influenced by Du., but Du. schoener is a loan-word from English, as are Ger. Schoner, Fr. schooner, Swed. skonert. Said to have originated in
Gloucester, Mass., shipyard.
"The rig characteristic of a schooner has been defined as consisting essentially of two gaff sails, the after sail not being smaller than the fore, and a head sail set on a bowsprit." [OED]
Meaning "tall beer glass" is from 1879, of unknown origin.
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Example sentences
He does not sell beer by the bucket or can or growler or schooner, but by the pint.
For all the pleasure he took in a schooner of beer, there was no chance in the world that he would die drunk.
He becomes the brutal and mean-spirited skipper of a tramp schooner.
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