mizzen

noun
miz·​zen | \ ˈmi-zᵊn How to pronounce mizzen (audio) \
variants: or less commonly mizen

Definition of mizzen

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a fore-and-aft sail set on the mizzenmast

mizzen

adjective
variants: or less commonly mizen

Definition of mizzen (Entry 2 of 2)

: of or relating to the mizzenmast

Examples of mizzen in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun To me, this ship has a history and a story in its own right,’’ 32-year-old Don Heminitz said the other day while at work on the mizzen shrouds, which to a landlubber like me are ropes that help support the masts. BostonGlobe.com, "YSTIC, Conn. — He is the captain now of a majestic ship, a 106-foot wooden vessel that has sailed out of the yellowed pages of history and charted a historic course of its own.," 30 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of mizzen

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for mizzen

Noun

Middle English mesan, probably from Old Spanish mesana sail set amidships, from Catalan mitjana, from feminine of mitjan of the middle, from Latin medianus — more at median

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“Mizzen.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mizzen. Accessed 30 Mar. 2020.

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mizzen

noun
miz·​zen | \ ˈmi-zᵊn How to pronounce mizzen (audio) \

Kids Definition of mizzen

1 : a fore-and-aft sail set on the mizzenmast

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