- 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
Like a rabbit seeking its burrow, the lateen dived fogwards.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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