plural -s
: a Mediterranean coasting and fishing boat with a single lateen sail

Word History


French, from Italian dialect (Genoa) balanzella

First Known Use

1916, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of balancelle was in 1916

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“Balancelle.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 May. 2024.

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