[ brig-uhn-teen, -tahyn ]
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  1. a two-masted sailing vessel, square-rigged on the foremast and having a fore-and-aft mainsail with square upper sails.

Origin of brigantine

1515–25; <Medieval Latin brigantinus or Old Italian brigantino, originally, armed escort ship (see brigand, -ine2); replacing brigandyn<Middle French brigandin

Words Nearby brigantine Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use brigantine in a sentence

  • He therefore judged it necessary to build a brigantine, a radeau, and a sloop of 16 guns.

  • The crew of the prize came up and manned their guns, and between us we engaged the brigantine and carried her by boarding.

    A Roving Commission | G. A. Henty
  • Later on engaged a pirate brigantine, the Agile, of ten guns, which had just captured a Spanish merchantman.

    A Roving Commission | G. A. Henty
  • The remnant was crowded into a single small, unseaworthy brigantine under the command of Francisco Pizarro.

    South American Fights and Fighters | Cyrus Townsend Brady
  • But it grew steadily larger, and when about three miles on our port bow I saw that the ship was a brigantine.

    Richard Carvel, Complete | Winston Churchill

British Dictionary definitions for brigantine


/ (ˈbrɪɡənˌtiːn, -ˌtaɪn) /

  1. a two-masted sailing ship, rigged square on the foremast and fore-and-aft with square topsails on the mainmast

Origin of brigantine

C16: from Old Italian brigantino pirate ship, from brigante brigand

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