lateen[la tēn′, lə-]
designating or of a triangular, fore-and-aft-rigged sail attached to a long yard suspended obliquely from a short mast: now used chiefly on Mediterranean vessels
Origin of lateenFrench latine ; from (voile) latine, Latin (sail) ; from feminine of Classical Latin Latinus, Latin
a lateen-rigged vessel
Being, relating to, or rigged with a triangular sail hung on a long yard that is attached at an angle to the top of a short mast.
- A lateen-rigged boat.
- A lateen sail.
Origin of lateenFrench (voile) latine, lateen (sail), feminine of latin, Latin (from its use in the Mediterranean), from Old French; see Latin.
- (nautical) A triangular fore-and-aft sail set on a boom in such way that the tack is attached to the hull of the vessel and the free end of the boom lifts the sail.
- 1980: The lateen sail is triangular or a quadrilateral which is almost triangular, the former being the type used by the Byzantines. — Richard W. Unger, The Ship in the Medieval Economy 600-1600, page 47.
French latine (“Latin”)