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brigantine

[brig-uh n-teen, -tahyn]
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noun Nautical.
  1. a two-masted sailing vessel, square-rigged on the foremast and having a fore-and-aft mainsail with square upper sails.
  2. hermaphrodite brig.
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Origin of brigantine

1515–25; < Medieval Latin brigantinus or Old Italian brigantino, orig., armed escort ship (see brigand, -ine2); replacing brigandyn < Middle French brigandin
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Historical Examples

  • After luffing to pick him up, the brigantine had been again pulled off on the port tack.

    The Black Bag

    Louis Joseph Vance

  • He must have been ashore when I was on board the brigantine; he certainly wasn't in the cabin.

    The Black Bag

    Louis Joseph Vance

  • The brigantine was not a Turks Islands boat, but a coaster from Jamaica.

    Keziah Coffin

    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • "She's a brigantine, Zeb," observed the keeper, handing up the spyglass.

    Keziah Coffin

    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • The brigantine then lay to; the two ships remained immovable.


British Dictionary definitions for brigantine

brigantine

noun
  1. a two-masted sailing ship, rigged square on the foremast and fore-and-aft with square topsails on the mainmast
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Word Origin

C16: from Old Italian brigantino pirate ship, from brigante brigand
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Word Origin and History for brigantine

n.

"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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