of the mizzenmast
Origin of mizzenLate Middle English meseyn from or akin to Middle French misaine from Italian mezzana, feminine of mezzano, middle from Classical Latin medianus: see median
- a fore-and-aft sail set on the mizzenmast
- A fore-and-aft sail set on the mizzenmast.
- A mizzenmast.
Origin of mizzenMiddle English mesan from Old French misaine Old Spanish mezana or Old Italian mezzana all ultimately from Latin mediānus of the middle from medius middle ; see medhyo- in Indo-European roots.
- (nautical) Hindmost; nearest the stern.
- the mizzen shrouds, sails, etc.