lateen

adjective
la·​teen | \ lə-ˈtēn How to pronounce lateen (audio) \

Definition of lateen

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: being or relating to a rig used especially on the north coast of Africa and characterized by a triangular sail extended by a long spar slung to a low mast

lateen

noun

Definition of lateen (Entry 2 of 2)

1 or less commonly lateener \ lə-​ˈtē-​nər How to pronounce lateener (audio) \ : a lateen-rigged ship
2 : a lateen sail

Examples of lateen in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Unlike the lumbering tall ships of the 1800s, the Iskatel runs on a combination of two outboard engines and four lateen sails. Garland Kelly, Anchorage Daily News, "Russian retraces historic route to Sitka," 9 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of lateen

Adjective

1740, in the meaning defined above

Noun

circa 1775, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for lateen

Adjective

French (voile) latine, literally, Latin (Mediterranean) sail

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“Lateen.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lateen. Accessed 7 December 2019.

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