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bateau

[ ba-toh; French ba-toh ]

noun

, plural ba·teaux [ba-, tohz, b, a, -, toh].
  1. Also . Nautical.
    1. Chiefly Canadian and Southern U.S.. a small, flat-bottomed rowboat used on rivers.
    2. a half-decked, sloop-rigged boat used for fishing on Chesapeake Bay; skipjack.
    3. (in some regions) a scow.
  2. a pontoon of a floating bridge.


bateau

/ bato; bæˈtəʊ /

noun

  1. a light flat-bottomed boat used on rivers in Canada and the northern US


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Word History and Origins

Origin of bateau1

An Americanism first recorded in 1705–15; from French; Old French batel, equivalent to bat (from Old English bāt boat ) + -el diminutive suffix, from Latin -ellus; -elle
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Word History and Origins

Origin of bateau1

C18: from French: boat, from Old French batel , from Old English bāt ; see boat
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Example Sentences

This time his mother, his old Frances, had been dragged into the infamous joke of the "Bateau de fleurs."

Malgr les efforts du bateau de sauvetage et des lignes envoyes au moyen du fusil porte-amarre, quatre hommes et le mousse ont pri.

One day there came up the river a bateau from Tadoussac, bringing the news that the ice was all out of the St. Lawrence.

Much surprised, Mandy Ann knelt upright and 57 looked out over the edge of the bateau.

Meanwhile the bateau had swept down swiftly, and passed them at a distance of not more than a hundred yards.

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