- Nautical. a square mainsail.
- the principal dish or course of a meal, typically including meat or fish.
Origin of main course
First recorded in 1505–15
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Examples from the Web for main course
Towards midnight of the 20th June, the wind increased so much, that we had to lay our ship a-try all night under her main-course.
The jib and flying jib were also taken in, and a little later the main-course and the mizzen-course.At the Fall of Port Arthur
- the principal dish of a meal
- nautical a square mainsail
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