brig·​an·​tine | \ ˈbri-gən-ˌtēn How to pronounce brigantine (audio) \

Definition of brigantine

: a 2-masted sailing ship that is square-rigged except for a fore-and-aft mainsail

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Recent Examples on the Web Moreland, who has more than 30 years experience sailing topsail schooners, brigantines, brigs and barques, as well as five world voyages under his belt, said the Picton Castle will be hosting a range of school groups on the vessel. Jennifer Larino,, "Meet the captains sailing tall ships into New Orleans in April," 6 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of brigantine

1525, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for brigantine

Middle French brigantin, from Old Italian brigantino, from brigante

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“Brigantine.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Apr. 2021.

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