Bateau definition

bă-tō
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(canada & new england) A long, light, flatbottom boat with a sharply pointed bow and stern.
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(south atlantic & gulf states) A small, light, flatbottom rowboat.
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A lightweight, flat-bottomed riverboat with tapering ends, used chiefly in Canada and Louisiana.
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A small, flat-bottomed type of boat.
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Designating a wide, shallow neckline, as on a woman's dress, extending to the shoulders.
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Alternative Forms

Alternative Form of bateau - batteau

Origin of bateau

  • Canadian Louisiana French from French boat from Old French batel from Old English bāt bheid- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Borrowing from French bateau

    From Wiktionary