noun Nautical.

a platform at the head of the lower mainmast.

Origin of maintop

First recorded in 1475–85; main1 + top1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for maintop

Historical Examples of maintop

  • I did as directed, the hands who had been aloft meeting me in the maintop on their way down.

    A Middy of the King

    Harry Collingwood

  • I heard a deep groan near me as I was seated in the maintop.

    Hurricane Hurry

    W.H.G. Kingston

  • Her husband was captain of the maintop, and as gallant and fine a seaman as ever stepped.

    True Blue

    W.H.G. Kingston

  • Maintop there, send down the hauling line on the starboard side.

    Peter Simple

    Frederick Marryat

  • I was with one of the oldsters in the maintop; the maintop-sail had just been close-reefed.

    Rattlin the Reefer

    Edward Howard

British Dictionary definitions for maintop



a top or platform at the head of the mainmast
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