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



Definition of lateen (Entry 2 of 2)

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

Examples of lateen in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Crew members from the USS Normandy seized a huge cache of weapons from a dhow – a small vessel with lateen sails – on Sunday while conducting maritime security operations in the U.S. Central area of operations. Fox News, "US warship seizes Iranian weapons, including surface-to-air missiles, Navy says," 14 Feb. 2020 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


1740, in the meaning defined above


circa 1775, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for lateen


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

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“Lateen.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jan. 2021.

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