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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.
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Origin of barkentine

An Americanism dating back to 1685–95; bark3 + (brig)antine
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Historical Examples of barkentine

  • The barkentine Amelia was one of his latest and longest commands.

    The Washington Historical Quarterly, Volume V, 1914


  • Only the barkentine brought the world that he loved to the padre.

  • Out there amid the sapphire-blue, tranquil and white, gleamed the sails of the barkentine.

    Padre Ignacio

    Owen Wister

  • I pulled your barkentine Retriever out of the breakers this morning.

    Cappy Ricks

    Peter B. Kyne

  • At all events, it is known that he set himself to steal the charm and desert from the barkentine.

British Dictionary definitions for barkentine



  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
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Word Origin for barkentine

C17: from barque + (brig) antine
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