[ bon-uh-ven-cher, bon-uh-ven- ]

  1. a mast fitted with a lateen sail (bonaventure mizzen ) or lugsail, situated behind the mizzenmast at or near the stern, used in the 16th and early 17th centuries.

Origin of bonaventure

First recorded in 1490–1500, bonaventure is from the Italian word buonaventura literally, good luck. See bonus, venture

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Other definitions for Bonaventure (2 of 2)

[ bon-uh-ven-cher, bon-uh-ven- ]

  1. Saint "the Seraphic Doctor", 1221–74, Italian scholastic theologian. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use bonaventure in a sentence

  • bonaventure, sitting on his knee, asked why he had come, and the ex-governor told him there was war.

    Bonaventure | George Washington Cable
  • Zoséphine and bonaventure sat on a back seat contrived for them in the family calèche.

    Bonaventure | George Washington Cable