pinnace definition by Webster's New World
- Archaic a small sailing ship, often one used as a tender to a larger ship
- a ship's boat
Origin: French pinasse ; from Spanish pinaza ; from Vulgar Latin an unverified form pinacea ; from Classical Latin pinus, pine
pinnace definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- A light boat propelled by sails or oars, formerly used as a tender for merchant and war vessels.
- Any of various kinds of ship's boats.
Origin: French pinace, from Old French, probably from Old Spanish pinaza, from pino, pine tree, boat, from Latin pīnus; see peiə- in Indo-European roots.