A small, three-masted ship having an overhanging bow and stern and using both square and lateen sails: once common in the Mediterranean.
A small three-masted Mediterranean vessel with both square and lateen sails.
A small, three-masted Mediterranean transport ship.
Other Word Forms
Origin of xebec
- French chebec probably from Catalan xabec from Arabic šabbāk from šabaka to entwine, fasten śbk in Semitic roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- Either from French chébec, from Spanish xabeque (modern jabeque) or Catalan xabec, ultimately from Arabic شبّاك (Å¡abbāk, “small warship, fishing boat").