Definition of schooner in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈskuːnə/


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1A sailing ship with two or more masts, typically with the foremast smaller than the mainmast.
Example sentences
  • The glimmering vessel was a great schooner, with multiple masts on top and impressive quarters inside.
  • The visit of the barques, brigantines and schooners also seemed to drive off some of the tourism malaise created by a July shrouded in fog, damp and rain.
  • A lone sailboat, a single schooner, a solitary steamship might not have much impact in an eclectic gallery.
2British A glass for drinking a large measure of sherry.
Example sentences
  • They'd rather drink a schooner of fortified wine than be seen with a glass of something pink.
  • The branders and marketeers would like to bypass the image of refined sherry drinkers taking their apéritif from miniature schooners with the little finger slightly adrift of the glass.
2.1North American & Australian /NZ A tall beer glass.
Example sentences
  • Painted on it was a red demon holding a schooner of beer.
  • Most have done more physical damage to themselves in endless schooners.
  • He received a fitting farewell in front of his home crowd before enjoying a celebratory schooner in the family pub in Sydney's inner-west.


Early 18th century: perhaps from dialect scun 'skim along', influenced by Dutch words beginning with sch-.

Words that rhyme with schooner

crooner, harpooner, lacuna, lacunar, lampooner, Luna, lunar, mizuna, Oona, oppugner, Poona, pruner, puna, spooner, Tristan da Cunha, tuna, tuner, Una, vicuña, yokozuna

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Line breaks: schoo|ner

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