or bark·an·tine, bar·quen·tine, bar·quan·tine

[bahr-kuh n-teen]
noun Nautical.
  1. a sailing vessel having three or more masts, square-rigged on the foremast and fore-and-aft-rigged on the other masts.

Origin of barkentine

An Americanism dating back to 1685–95; bark3 + (brig)antine Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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  1. US and Canadian a sailing ship of three or more masts rigged square on the foremast and fore-and-aft on the othersBritish spellings: barquentine, barquantine

Word Origin for barkentine

C17: from barque + (brig) antine
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