Origin of mizzen
Examples from the Web for mizen
They were all three-masted schooners, the main and mizen masts set close together, and with very heavy, square hulls.Northern Travel|Bayard Taylor
The mainsail and mizen are already close reefed, they are got ready for instant hoisting.Storm Warriors|John Gilmore
This crash proved to be the fall of the mizen and top-gallant masts.
I recollected the fire cask in the mizen chains, which we desired a man to push overboard.Fifty-two Stories of the British Navy, from Damme to Trafalgar.|Alfred H. Miles
The ship's colours flew up to the fore, and the Union Jack to the mizen peak.Hard Cash|Charles Reade
British Dictionary definitions for mizen
Word Origin for mizzen
Word Origin and History for mizen
early 15c., from Middle French misaine "foresail, foremast," altered (by influence of Italian mezzana "mizzen") from Old French migenne, from Catalan mitjana, from Latin medianus "of the middle" (see median). Klein suggests the French word is from Arabic, via Italian.