[ba-toh; French ba-toh]
- 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
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Examples from the Web for bateaux
For sixteen days the boatmen poled their bateaux up the river.Old Fort Snelling
Marcus L. Hansen
At present, they are navigable about half their length for small steamboats and bateaux.Old Mackinaw
W. P. Strickland.
The bateaux were set up and waiting at the head of the rollways.The Promise
James B. Hendryx
The canoe and bateaux were their only means of transportation.
But Clark was no believer in omens, and he ordered the bateaux to proceed.The Old Northwest
Frederic Austin Ogg
- a light flat-bottomed boat used on rivers in Canada and the northern US
C18: from French: boat, from Old French batel, from Old English bāt; see boat
Word Origin and History for bateaux
French-Canadian river boat, 1711, from French bateau, from Old French batel, from Germanic (see boat (n.)).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper