Origin of lateen
Examples from the Web for lateen
And the lateen spread both her great wings like an albatross, and leaped and plunged, and flew before the mighty gale.Love Me Little, Love Me Long|Charles Reade
A lateen sail was visible in the direction of Cat Island, and others to the south seemed almost motionless in the far distance.The Awakening and Selected Short Stories|Kate Chopin
The typical Mediterranean mast of “lateen” (Latin) vessels is short and bends forward.
I will take the simplest, the most natural, the most beautiful of sails,—the lateen sail of the Mediterranean.Love's Meinie|John Ruskin
He was sitting disconsolate in the cockpit of the lateen Esmeralda.The Pursuit|Frank (Frank Mackenzie) Savile
British Dictionary definitions for lateen
Word Origin for lateen
Word Origin and History for lateen
mid-18c., phonetic spelling of French latine in voile latine, literally "Latin sail" (see Latin). So called because it was used in the Mediterranean.