[ bon-uh-ven-cher, bon-uh-ven- ]
/ ˈbɒn əˌvɛn tʃər, ˌbɒn əˈvɛn- /

noun Nautical.

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.

Nearby words

  1. bonapartism,
  2. bonapartist,
  3. bonar law,
  4. bonar law, andrew,
  5. bonaventura,
  6. bonaventure, saint,
  7. bonavist,
  8. bonbon,
  9. bonbonnière,
  10. bonce

Origin of bonaventure

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


[ bon-uh-ven-cher, bon-uh-ven- ]
/ ˈbɒn əˌvɛn tʃɛr, ˌbɒn əˈvɛn- /


Saintthe Seraphic Doctor, 1221–74, Italian scholastic theologian. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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