[ la-teen, luh- ]
/ læˈtin, lə- /


pertaining to or having a lateen sail or sails.

Origin of lateen

1720–30; < French (voile) latine Latin (sail) Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for lateen


/ (ləˈtiːn) /


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

Word Origin for lateen

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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