topgallant

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adjective

top·​gal·​lant (ˌ)täp-ˈga-lənt How to pronounce topgallant (audio)
tə-ˈga-
: of, relating to, or being a part next above the topmast and below the royal mast
topgallant sails
the topgallant mast

topgallant

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noun

1
archaic : the topmost point : summit
the high topgallant of my joy William Shakespeare
2
: a topgallant mast or sail

Word History

Etymology

Adjective

top entry 1 + gallant entry 1

First Known Use

Adjective

1514, in the meaning defined above

Noun

1581, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of topgallant was in 1514

Dictionary Entries Near topgallant

Cite this Entry

“Topgallant.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/topgallant. Accessed 3 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

topgallant

noun

top·​gal·​lant
(ˈ)täp-ˈgal-ənt,
tə-ˈgal-
: a mast or sail next above the topmast or topsail
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