a lightweight, flat-bottomed riverboat with tapering ends, used chiefly in Canada and Louisiana
Origin of bateauCanadian French ; from French ; from Old French batel ; from Old English bat, boat
designating a wide, shallow neckline, as on a woman's dress, extending to the shoulders
nounpl. ba·teaux also bat·teaux
- Canada & New England A long, light, flatbottom boat with a sharply pointed bow and stern.
- South Atlantic & Gulf States A small, light, flatbottom rowboat.
Origin of bateauCanadian and Louisiana French, from French, boat, from Old French batel, from Old English bat; see bheid- in Indo-European roots.