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or miz·en·mast

[miz-uh n-mast, -mahst; Nautical miz-uh n-muh st]
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noun Nautical.
  1. the third mast from forward in a vessel having three or more masts.
  2. the after and shorter mast of a yawl, ketch, or dandy; jiggermast.

Origin of mizzenmast

First recorded in 1375–1425, mizzenmast is from the late Middle English word meson mast. See mizzen, mast1
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Historical Examples

  • The mast upon which the smaller sail is set is known as the mizzenmast.

    Boys' Book of Model Boats

    Raymond Francis Yates

  • In the yawl the mizzenmast is always stepped aft of the rudder-post.

    Boys' Book of Model Boats

    Raymond Francis Yates

  • Teach, to the fore; Raveneau, to the main; and Rock, to the mizzenmast.

    Sir Henry Morgan, Buccaneer

    Cyrus Townsend Brady

  • It fell quickly, and as it fell it bore down the mizzenmast.

    Heroes of the Goodwin Sands</p>

    Thomas Stanley Treanor

  • She had lost her mizzenmast, and her other masts and several of her yards were injured.

    The Rival Crusoes

    W.H.G. Kingston

British Dictionary definitions for mizzenmast



noun nautical
  1. (on a yawl, ketch, or dandy) the after mast
  2. (on a vessel with three or more masts) the third mast from the bow
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