Origin of mizzen
Examples from the Web for mizen
Historical Examples of mizen
She was leaning against the mizen shrouds, between the coils of rope.Beauty and The Beast, and Tales From Home
At midnight, orders were given to furl the fore and mizen topsails.The Nigger Of The "Narcissus"
The crew were seen in the mizen rigging, frantically waving.The Shellback's Progress
To bagpipe the mizen is to lay it aback, by bringing the sheet to the mizen-shrouds.
"Square the after-yards," refers to the yards on the main and mizen masts.
Word Origin for mizzen
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.