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pinnace

[pin-is] /ˈpɪn ɪs/
noun
1.
a light sailing ship, especially one formerly used in attendance on a larger ship.
2.
any of various kinds of ship's boats.
3.
a small 17th-century ship having two or three masts and a flat stern, used in northern Europe as a warship and merchant ship and as a tender.
Origin of pinnace
1540-1550
1540-50; < Middle French pinace < Old Spanish pinaza literally, something made of pino pine1
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  • The pinnace was then stripped of her rigging and of all the goods which remained.

    King Philip

    John S. C. (John Stevens Cabot) Abbott
  • Later in the afternoon it was observed that Hornigold's pinnace was not in the harbor.

    Sir Henry Morgan, Buccaneer Cyrus Townsend Brady
  • The last shot, too, that was fired from the pinnace had killed three men.

  • I was helping to get out the pinnace, and there is a mort of dust and dirt about her.

    Standish of Standish

    Jane G. Austin
  • "I'd liefer haul out the pinnace," replied Alden with a grimace.

    Standish of Standish

    Jane G. Austin
  • It was Kamuso, who said he was bound for Sandwich and would beg a passage in the pinnace.

    Standish of Standish

    Jane G. Austin
  • But his men 'added force to their entreaties, and so carried him to his pinnace.'

  • And what all eyes were now intent on was her pinnace, as she covered the distance between us.

    Kilgorman Talbot Baines Reed
  • In two hours we joined the pinnace and launch, who were lying to for us.

    Voyage of H.M.S. Pandora Edward Edwards
  • He had two vessels—one of some burthen, the other a pinnace of thirty tons.

    Short Studies on Great Subjects James Anthony Froude
British Dictionary definitions for pinnace

pinnace

/ˈpɪnɪs/
noun
1.
any of various kinds of ship's tender
Word Origin
C16: from French pinace, apparently from Old Spanish pinaza, literally: something made of pine, ultimately from Latin pīnus pine
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Word Origin and History for pinnace
n.

small, light vessel, 1540s, from Middle French pinace (earlier spinace, 15c., from Old French espinace, Modern French péniche; also attested as Anglo-Latin spinachium (mid-14c.)); of unknown origin. The French word perhaps is from Italian pinaccia or Spanish pinaza, from pino "pine tree; ship" (Latin pinus "pine tree" also had a secondary sense of "ship, vessel"). But variations in early forms makes this uncertain.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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