brig·​an·​tine ˈbri-gən-ˌtēn How to pronounce brigantine (audio)
: a 2-masted sailing ship that is square-rigged except for a fore-and-aft mainsail

Examples of brigantine in a Sentence

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Word History


Middle French brigantin, from Old Italian brigantino, from brigante

First Known Use

1525, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of brigantine was in 1525

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“Brigantine.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition


brig·​an·​tine ˈbrig-ən-ˌtēn How to pronounce brigantine (audio)
: a square-rigged ship with two masts but without a square mainsail

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