pi·​rogue | \ ˈpē-ˌrōg How to pronounce pirogue (audio) \

Definition of pirogue

2 : a boat like a canoe

Examples of pirogue in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Inside, the walls of Ms. Diouf’s office are decorated with photos of her in a pirogue and wearing an orange life jacket. New York Times, 12 Mar. 2021 That newspaper story was prompted by a rescue in which John and his son, another Theodore, rescued a pair of high school students — F. Codman Ford and Lutcher Sinclair — whose pirogue capsized on the way to hunt ducks at Nine-Mile Point. Mike Scott, NOLA.com, 1 Sep. 2020 Hours before sunup every weekday, Adama and his five-man crew roll their pirogues out to sea. Chidinma Irene Nwoye, Quartz Africa, 27 Feb. 2020 Stop to visit a fishing village on the way, and learn about the economy and culture that have grown up around these pirogue-paddling fishermen. National Geographic, 12 June 2019 Reaching these places means bouncing for hours down sandy riverbeds, or even piling motorcycles into a pirogue, crossing the river and riding them in. New York Times, 18 June 2018 Most of it takes place on boats — from smoke-belching steamers to cargo-bloated barges to slender pirogues carved by ax out of massive trees. Max Bearak, Washington Post, 2 June 2018 Pointe-au-Chenes Wildlife Management area, $5 million for new fishing piers, boat pull-overs, a parking lot, bridge, pirogue and boat launches, boat docks and bulkheads. Mark Schleifstein, NOLA.com, 23 Apr. 2018 Sometimes the danger is a super trawler whose wake can easily swamp a pirogue. Andrew Jacobs, New York Times, 30 Apr. 2017

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First Known Use of pirogue

1666, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for pirogue

French, from Spanish piragua, from Carib piraua

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“Pirogue.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pirogue. Accessed 1 Dec. 2021.

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