- 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.
How to use bateau in a sentence
Their stores were conveyed in bateaux, which they were constantly forced to haul against currents and carry over land.The Political History of England - Vol. X.|William Hunt
By good management, however, it was brought safely to the Maumee, up whose sluggish waters the bateaux were laboriously poled.The Old Northwest|Frederic Austin Ogg
In the Charles River, out of sight of Boston, were his two floating batteries and his bateaux filled with soldiers.The Siege of Boston|Allen French
Near this place, the two hundred bateaux had been hastily built of green pine.Hero Stories from American History|Albert F. Blaisdell
The bateaux should also be made of strong and light materials.Elements of Military Art and Science|Henry Wager Halleck