[ba-toh; French ba-toh]

noun, plural ba·teaux [ba-tohz; French ba-toh] /bæˈtoʊz; French baˈtoʊ/.

Also batteau. 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.
a pontoon of a floating bridge.

Nearby words

  1. batboy,
  2. batch,
  3. batch plant,
  4. batch processing,
  5. bate,
  6. bateau neck,
  7. bated,
  8. bated breath,
  9. bateleur,
  10. bateleur eagle

Origin of bateau

1705–15, Americanism; < French; Old French batel, equivalent to bat (< Old English bāt boat) + -el diminutive suffix < Latin -ellus; see -elle Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for bateau


noun plural -teaux (-təʊz, French -to)

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

Word Origin for bateau

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

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Word Origin and History for bateau



French-Canadian river boat, 1711, from French bateau, from Old French batel, from Germanic (see boat (n.)).

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