Origin: Canadian French ; from French ; from Old French batel ; from Old English bat, boat
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also bat·teaunoun pl. ba·teaux also bat·teaux Nautical
- 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: Canadian and Louisiana French, from French, boat, from Old French batel, from Old English bāt; see bheid- in Indo-European roots.