[fawr-kawrs, fohr-kohrs]


the lowermost sail on a square-rigged foremast; a square foresail.

Origin of forecourse

First recorded in 1620–30; fore- + course Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for forecourse

Historical Examples of forecourse

  • “We must have the main-sail and forecourse on her,” he said a few minutes later to Mr Mackay.

    Afloat at Last

    John Conroy Hutcheson

British Dictionary definitions for forecourse



nautical the lowest foresail on a square-rigged vessel
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