ba·​teau | \ ba-ˈtō How to pronounce bateau (audio) \
variants: or less commonly batteau
plural bateaux\ ba-​ˈtō(z) How to pronounce bateau (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 Princess Charlene, 44, wore a black dress with a bateau neckline and a rosary bead necklace along with a black lace veil, called a mantilla, for the occasion. Stephanie Petit And Peter Mikelbank,, 20 July 2022 Imagine this river at two-and-a-half feet and bringing a bateau with 10,000 pounds on it? Washington Post, 2 Mar. 2022 The city of Paris in Emily in Paris feels like a prettified backdrop—the one that tourists dream about, where a ride on a bateau-mouche is seen as romantic. Sheena Scott, Forbes, 25 Dec. 2021 From classic tote bags to sporty bateau tops, there are countless lust-worthy pieces in the collection. Rachel Besser, Vogue, 24 Aug. 2021 Duchess Meghan's silk gown, from British designer Claire Waight Keller, featured an open bateau neckline, three-quarter sleeves, and a flowing train. Quinci Legardye, Harper's BAZAAR, 14 Aug. 2021 Other amenities include a subterranean Sisley spa, complete with marble-and-tile pool, and the property’s own bateau mouche, or Seine riverboat. Travel + Leisure Staff, Travel + Leisure, 19 Feb. 2020 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, 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, 16 Feb. 2019 See More

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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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30 Jul 2022

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“Bateau.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Aug. 2022.

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