bateau

noun
ba·​teau | \ ba-ˈtō How to pronounce bateau (audio) \
variants: or less commonly
plural bateaux\ ba-​ˈtō(z) How to pronounce bateaux (audio) \ also batteaux

Definition of bateau

: any of various small craft especially : a flat-bottomed boat with raked bow and stern and flaring sides

Examples of bateau in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web For the concert, which featured performances from pop stars James Blunt and Leona Lewis, Kate wore a navy blue dress with a bateau neckline. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kate Middleton Joins Queen Elizabeth and Duchess Camilla on the Balcony on Remembrance Sunday," 10 Nov. 2019 When a man goes overboard, the bateau can be quickly maneuvered into position so that he can be pulled out. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, "The Lost Art of Floating Logs Down the River," 16 Feb. 2019 When working on jams, riverjacks always have nearby a bateau—a double-prow, flat-bottom boat 32 feet long, six feet wide, manned by two men with oars and two others with long poles. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, "The Lost Art of Floating Logs Down the River," 16 Feb. 2019 The shimmery ensemble—which featured a bateau neckline, leg slit, and wrap detailing—was reminiscent of Princess Diana's boundary-pushing royal style. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle's Sequin Gown Reminds Us of Princess Diana's Iconic Dresses," 16 Jan. 2019 For example, Meghan Markle changed out of her bateau-neck Clare Waight Keller design, and into a more fashion-forward look by Stella McCartney for the reception at Frogmore House. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Everything We Know About Princess Eugenie's Wedding Dress," 19 July 2018 Today the Duchess was spotted during her tour of Ireland with her husband in an olive bateau-neck dress by Roland Mouret. Chrissy Rutherford, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Boatneck Neckline Is Officially Meghan Markle's Signature," 11 July 2018 Throughout these events, Meghan's managed to single-handedly bring back the bateau neckline, do her own makeup (flawlessly, by the way) on the road, and face the intense public scrutiny over her every move. Abby Gardner, Glamour, "Priyanka Chopra Says Meghan Markle Is 'Doing Amazing' After Marrying Prince Harry," 13 July 2018 The most standout feature of Meghan Markle's custom Givenchy wedding gown was its bateau neckline—a more conservative look compared to Kate Middleton's lacey, deep-V neckline. Chrissy Rutherford, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Boatneck Neckline Is Officially Meghan Markle's Signature," 11 July 2018

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First Known Use of bateau

1711, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for bateau

Canadian French, from French, from Old French batel, from Old English bāt boat — more at boat

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“Bateau.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bateau. Accessed 26 Nov. 2020.

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