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[la-teen, luh-]
  1. pertaining to or having a lateen sail or sails.
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Origin of lateen

1720–30; < French (voile) latine Latin (sail)
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Historical Examples

  • A bilander was a small two-master, with the mainsail of lateen form.

    Privateering and Piracy in the Colonial Period


  • It was after ten before his lateen sail flapped in the little cove.

  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for lateen


  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 Origin

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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