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a light boat carried at the stern of a sailing vessel.
a small pleasure sailboat for use in sheltered waters.
a small boat used as a utility tender for a vessel
a small sailing boat used for pleasure

1727, of unknown origin, probably from Danish jolle (17c.) or Dutch jol (1680s), both related to yawl; or it may be from Middle English jolywat (late 15c.) “a ship’s small boat,” of unknown origin.


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