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main course

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noun
  1. Nautical. a square mainsail.
  2. the principal dish or course of a meal, typically including meat or fish.
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Origin of main course

First recorded in 1505–15
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Historical Examples

  • Towards midnight of the 20th June, the wind increased so much, that we had to lay our ship a-try all night under her main-course.

    A General History and Collection of Voyages and Travels, Volume IX.

    Robert Kerr

  • The jib and flying jib were also taken in, and a little later the main-course and the mizzen-course.

    At the Fall of Port Arthur

    Edward Stratemeyer


British Dictionary definitions for main course

main course

noun
  1. the principal dish of a meal
  2. nautical a square mainsail
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