- Also batteau. Nautical.
- Chiefly Canadian and Southern U.S..a small, flat-bottomed rowboat used on rivers.
- a half-decked, sloop-rigged boat used for fishing on Chesapeake Bay; skipjack.
- (in some regions) a scow.
- a pontoon of a floating bridge.
Origin of bateau
Related Words for bateaucraft, barge, boat, liner, tanker, dinghy, canoe, sailboat, yacht, raft, ship, catamaran, schooner, gondola, bottom, bucket, can, bark, steamer, tub
Examples from the Web for bateau
Historical Examples of bateau
Craig leaped from the bow of the bateau and waded for the last few yards.
When he reached the far shore he jumped into a bateau that was pulled up there.
They stopped on the bank of the river, where the bateau lay.
As the bateau proceeded, Fanny became more skilful in its management.
Two of our boats were bateau, and the other was Mr. Gracewood's barge.Field and Forest
- a light flat-bottomed boat used on rivers in Canada and the northern US
Word Origin for bateau
French-Canadian river boat, 1711, from French bateau, from Old French batel, from Germanic (see boat (n.)).