- pertaining to or having a lateen sail or sails.
Origin of lateen
1720–30; < French (voile) latine Latin (sail)
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Examples from the Web for lateen
A bilander was a small two-master, with the mainsail of lateen form.
It was after ten before his lateen sail flapped in the little cove.Sally Dows and Other Stories
A “lateener” is a vessel rigged with a lateen sail and yard.
Fusta—a sort of galley, very small and open, with lateen sails.The Infidel, Vol. I.
Robert Montgomery Bird
He was sitting disconsolate in the cockpit of the lateen Esmeralda.The Pursuit
Frank (Frank Mackenzie) Savile
- 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
C18: from French voile latine Latin sail
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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.
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