Brigantine definition

brĭgən-tēn
A two-masted sailing ship, square-rigged on the foremast and having a fore-and-aft mainsail, often with square main topsails.
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A two-masted ship like a hermaphrodite brig but with a square-rigged topsail on the mainmast.
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(nautical) A two-masted vessel, square-rigged on the foremast, but fore-and-aft-rigged mainsail with a square-rig above it on the mainmast.
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Alternative form of brigandine.
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Noun

Singular:
brigantine
Plural:
brigantines

Origin of brigantine

  • French brigantin from Old French brigandin from Old Italian brigantino skirmishing ship from brigante skirmisher brigand

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

  • 1525, a small rowing vessel, brigandyns, from Middle French brigandin, probably from Italian brigante - skirmisher, pirate, brigand, from Latin brigare to fight.

    From Wiktionary

  • Variant forms.

    From Wiktionary