[brig-uh n-teen, -tahyn]
- a two-masted sailing vessel, square-rigged on the foremast and having a fore-and-aft mainsail with square upper sails.
- hermaphrodite brig.
Origin of brigantine
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Examples from the Web for brigantine
After luffing to pick him up, the brigantine had been again pulled off on the port tack.
He must have been ashore when I was on board the brigantine; he certainly wasn't in the cabin.
"She's a brigantine, Zeb," observed the keeper, handing up the spyglass.
The brigantine was not a Turks Islands boat, but a coaster from Jamaica.
The brigantine then lay to; the two ships remained immovable.A Romance of the West Indies
- a two-masted sailing ship, rigged square on the foremast and fore-and-aft with square topsails on the mainmast
C16: from Old Italian brigantino pirate ship, from brigante brigand
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Word Origin and History for brigantine
"small two-masted ship," 1520s, from Middle French brigandin (15c.), from Italian brigantino, perhaps "skirmishing vessel, pirate ship," from brigante "skirmisher, pirate, brigand" from brigare "fight" (see brigade).
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