Lateen meaning

lə-tēn, lă-
Being, relating to, or rigged with a triangular sail hung on a long yard that is attached at an angle to the top of a short mast.
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A lateen-rigged vessel.
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A lateen-rigged boat.
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A lateen sail.
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Designating or of a triangular, fore-and-aft-rigged sail attached to a long yard suspended obliquely from a short mast: now used chiefly on Mediterranean vessels.
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(nautical) A triangular fore-and-aft sail set on a boom in such way that the tack is attached to the hull of the vessel and the free end of the boom lifts the sail.
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Origin of lateen

  • French (voile) latine lateen (sail) feminine of latin Latin (from its use in the Mediterranean) from Old French Latin

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

  • French latine (“Latin")

    From Wiktionary