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catamaran Syllabification: cat·a·ma·ran
Pronunciation: /ˌkadəməˈran/ /ˈkadəməˌran/

Definition of catamaran in English:

noun

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A yacht or other boat with twin hulls in parallel.
Example sentences
  • The kinds of boats available range from 80-foot motor yachts and sprawling catamarans to smaller sailboats that cater to couples.
  • The 59-year-old was escorted into harbour by 400 motorboats, yachts, catamarans and canoes blowing sirens and whistles.
  • If you charter a boat in Miami, you can pick and choose among spacious trawlers, luxurious motor yachts, or swift catamarans.

Origin

Early 17th century: from Tamil kaṭṭumaram, literally 'tied wood'.

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  • This word describes a yacht or other boat with twin hulls in parallel; it is from Tamil kattumaram, which means literally ‘tied wood’.

Words that rhyme with catamaran

trimaran • Poussin

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