- Archaic a small sailing ship, often one used as a tender to a larger ship
- a ship's boat
Origin of pinnaceFrench pinasse ; from Spanish pinaza ; from Vulgar Latin an unverified form pinacea ; from Classical Latin pinus, pine
- 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 of pinnaceFrench pinace, from Old French, probably from Old Spanish pinaza, from pino, pine tree, boat, from Latin p&imacron;nus; see pei&schwa;- in Indo-European roots.
- (nautical) A light boat, traditionally propelled by sails, but may also be a rowboat. Pinnaces are usually messenger boats, carrying messages among the larger ships of a fleet.