[ brig-uh n-teen, -tahyn ]
/ ˈbrɪg ənˌtin, -ˌtaɪn /

noun Nautical.

a two-masted sailing vessel, square-rigged on the foremast and having a fore-and-aft mainsail with square upper sails.

Nearby words

  1. brigadier general,
  2. brigalow,
  3. brigand,
  4. brigandage,
  5. brigandine,
  6. briggs,
  7. briggs, henry,
  8. briggsian logarithm,
  9. brigham,
  10. brigham city

Origin of brigantine

1515–25; < Medieval Latin brigantinus or Old Italian brigantino, orig., armed escort ship (see brigand, -ine2); replacing brigandyn < Middle French brigandin Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for brigantine


/ (ˈbrɪɡənˌtiːn, -ˌtaɪn) /


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

Word Origin for brigantine

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

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Word Origin and History for brigantine



"small two-masted ship," 1520s, from Middle French brigandin (15c.), from Italian brigantino, perhaps "skirmishing vessel, pirate ship," from brigante "skirmisher, pirate, brigand" from brigare "fight" (see brigade).

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