noun, plural ba·teaux [ba-tohz; French ba-toh] /bæˈtoʊz; French baˈtoʊ/.
- 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.
Examples from the Web for bateau
There they climbed out on the rock and secured the bateau by a couple of turns of the rope around a smaller block.
The breeze holding steady, the bateau made fairly good speed.
Then commenced the era of bateau navigation, and the advent of a peculiar race of men, of whom now no trace remains.
Take hold of the painter of the bateau, and haul it alongside.Watch and Wait|Oliver Optic
There were boxes in the bateau, covered by a tarpaulin whose stripings of red signaled danger.Joan of Arc of the North Woods|Holman Day
British Dictionary definitions for bateau
noun plural -teaux (-təʊz, French -to)
Word Origin for bateau
Word Origin and History for bateau
French-Canadian river boat, 1711, from French bateau, from Old French batel, from Germanic (see boat (n.)).