A two-masted sailing ship, square-rigged on the foremast and having a fore-and-aft mainsail, often with square main topsails.
A two-masted ship like a hermaphrodite brig but with a square-rigged topsail on the mainmast.
Other Word Forms
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.
- Variant forms.