[ fawr-top-gal-uhnt, fohr-; Nautical fawr-tuh-gal-uhnt, fohr- ]

  1. being a sail, yard, or rigging belonging to a fore-topgallant mast.

Origin of fore-topgallant

First recorded in 1620–30

Words Nearby fore-topgallant Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use fore-topgallant in a sentence

  • "The fore topgallant halliard was not made fast to the cleat, and when it ran out, it jerked her from it," replied the commander.

    Four Young Explorers | Oliver Optic
  • There we lay with our fore-topgallant and topsail yards caught in the branches, and our mainsail securely locked.

    The Three Lieutenants | W.H.G. Kingston
  • I can just catch sight of her fore-topgallant-mast against the sky, over the trees.

    The Three Lieutenants | W.H.G. Kingston
  • We ran up the rigging to the fore-topgallant-yard, and with the aid of two other men let fall the sail which had been furled.

  • Did you see what a mess the —— made of fore-topgallant-yard this morning?

British Dictionary definitions for fore-topgallant


/ (ˌfɔːtɒpˈɡælənt, nautical ˌfɔːtəˈɡælənt) /

  1. nautical of, relating to, or being the topmost portion of a foremast, above the topmast: the fore-topgallant mast

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