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or bar·quan·tine

[bahr-kuh n-teen]
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  1. barkentine.


or bark·an·tine, bar·quen·tine, bar·quan·tine

[bahr-kuh n-teen]
noun Nautical.
  1. 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
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Examples from the Web for barquentine

Historical Examples

  • The only barquentine among the ships lay apart from the others, pointing towards the harbour entrance.

    Martin Hyde, The Duke's Messenger

    John Masefield

  • The barquentine's boat was rapidly pulling towards this full-rigged ship, with Captain Barlow sitting in the stern-sheets.

  • As I started from the landing place I looked back at the barquentine, where I had had so many adventures.

  • As we meet the fresh breeze at the entrance to the Kattegat, a barquentine, under full sail, glides past us without a sound.

  • She is barquentine rigged, and has triple-expansion engines giving her a speed under steam of nine to ten knots.


    Sir Ernest Shackleton

British Dictionary definitions for barquentine



  1. a sailing ship of three or more masts rigged square on the foremast and fore-and-aft on the othersUsual US and Canadian spelling: barkentine

Word Origin

C17: from barque + (brig) antine



  1. US and Canadian a sailing ship of three or more masts rigged square on the foremast and fore-and-aft on the othersBritish spellings: barquentine, barquantine

Word Origin

C17: from barque + (brig) antine
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