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lateen

[ la-teen, luh- ]

adjective

  1. relating to, being, or having a triangular sail or sails on a long yard that is attached to the mast at an angle:

    The navy vessels were unable to follow the highly maneuverable pirate ships with their lateen rigging.



lateen

/ ləˈtiːn /

adjective

  1. nautical denoting a rig with a triangular sail ( lateen sail ) bent to a yard hoisted to the head of a low mast, used esp in the Mediterranean


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Word History and Origins

Origin of lateen1

First recorded in 1720–30; from French (voile) latine “Latin (sail)”
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Word History and Origins

Origin of lateen1

C18: from French voile latine Latin sail
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Example Sentences

Now interestingly enough, the ship masts were both square rigged and lateen-rigged for effective maneuverability on the water.

A lateen sail was visible in the direction of Cat Island, and others to the south seemed almost motionless in the far distance.

Possibly a lateen-rigged, sharper-bowed boat would even now be found to be a very fast and handy type for our rivers.

So off we go heeling well to the breeze as our funny, high-slung lateen sail drives us shoreward at a great rate.

It is curious to see in many directions the white lateen sails of boats which appear to be sailing over the fields.

From one corner of the lateen sail, Storms now noticed that a large crimson handkerchief was fluttering in the wind.

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latedlateen-rigged