SCHOON'ER, n. A vessel with two masts, whose main-sail and fore- sail are suspended by gaffs, like a sloop's main-sail, and stretched below by booms.
SCHOON'ER, n. [G. schoner.]
A vessel with two masts, whose main-sail and fore-sail an suspended by gaffs, like a sloop's main-sail, and stretched below by booms. – Mar. Dict. Encyc.
- Originally, a small, sharp-built
vessel, with two masts and fore-and-aft rig. Sometimes it carried
square topsails on one or both masts and was called a topsail
schooner. About 1840, longer vessels with three masts, fore-and-
aft rigged, came into use, and since that time vessels with four masts
and even with six masts, so rigged, are built. Schooners with more
than two masts are designated three-masted schooners, four-
masted schooners, etc. See Illustration in
- A large goblet
or drinking glass, -- used for lager beer or ale.