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schooner

[skoo-ner] /ˈsku nər/
noun
1.
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).
2.
a very tall glass, as for beer.
Origin
dialectal Swedish
1705-1715
1705-15, Americanism; perhaps scoon, variant of dial. scun scud1 (compare dialectal Swedish skunna, Old English scyndan) + -er1
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Examples from the web for schooner
  • 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.
British Dictionary definitions for schooner

schooner

/ˈskuːnə/
noun
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
Word Origin
C18: origin uncertain
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Word Origin and History for schooner
n.

fore-and-aft rigged vessel, originally with only two masts, 1716, perhaps from a New England verb related to Scottish scon "to send over water, to skip stones." Skeat relates this dialectal verb to shunt. Spelling probably influenced by Dutch, but Dutch schoener is a loan-word from English, as are German Schoner, French schooner, Swedish 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 or connection.

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