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or barkantine, barquentine, barquantine

[bahr-kuh n-teen] /ˈbɑr kənˌtin/
noun, Nautical.
a sailing vessel having three or more masts, square-rigged on the foremast and fore-and-aft-rigged on the other masts.
Origin of barkentine
An Americanism dating back to 1685-95; bark3 + (brig)antine Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • I pulled your barkentine Retriever out of the breakers this morning.

    Cappy Ricks Peter B. Kyne
  • At all events, it is known that he set himself to steal the charm and desert from the barkentine.

  • Only the barkentine brought to Padre Ignacio the signs from the world that he once had known and loved so dearly.

    Padre Ignacio Owen Wister
  • The barkentine went right between the Louisiana and the Georgia.

    With the Battle Fleet Franklin Matthews
  • The priest watched through his glasses, and saw the gradual sun grow strong upon the canvas of the barkentine.

  • A barkentine with a dim light was sighted about 800 yards to the west of Admiral Evans's squadron.

    With the Battle Fleet Franklin Matthews
  • She is barkentine rigged, a hundred and twenty feet long, with a speed of nine knots.

  • The barkentine has three masts—mainmast and mizzen-mast fore-and-aft rigged and foremast square rigged.

    Boat-Building and Boating Daniel Carter Beard
  • Cappy smiled, and outlined to the Swede the conditions surrounding the barkentine Retriever.

    Cappy Ricks Peter B. Kyne
  • "I'd ruther try to steer a raft of lashed hen-coops from here to Bonis Airs and back, under a barkentine rig," snapped the Cap'n.

British Dictionary definitions for barkentine


(US & Canadian) a sailing ship of three or more masts rigged square on the foremast and fore-and-aft on the others British spellings barquentine, barquantine
Word Origin
C17: from barque + (brig)antine
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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