maintop

noun

main·​top ˈmān-ˌtäp How to pronounce maintop (audio)
: a platform about the head of the mainmast of a square-rigged ship

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Serving as captain of the maintop of the U.S.S. Pawnee in the attack upon Mathias Point, 26 June 1861, Williams told his men, while lying off in the boat, that every man must die on his thwart sooner than leave a man behind. Drew Broach | Staff Writer, NOLA.com, 10 Nov. 2020

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of maintop was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Maintop.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/maintop. Accessed 30 Nov. 2022.

Kids Definition

maintop

noun

main·​top ˈmān-ˌtäp How to pronounce maintop (audio)
: a platform at the head of the mainmast of a square-rigged ship
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