noun bal·an·celle \¦balən¦sel\

Definition of balancelle



  1. :  a Mediterranean coasting and fishing boat with a single lateen sail

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Origin and Etymology of balancelle

French, from Italian dialect (Genoa) balanzella

First Known Use: 1916

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to criticize severely

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