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pinnace

[pin-is]
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noun
  1. a light sailing ship, especially one formerly used in attendance on a larger ship.
  2. any of various kinds of ship's boats.
  3. a small 17th-century ship having two or three masts and a flat stern, used in northern Europe as a warship and merchant ship and as a tender.
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Origin of pinnace

1540–50; < Middle French pinace < Old Spanish pinaza literally, something made of pino pine1
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Related Words

yacht, skiff, craft, vessel, ship, catamaran, schooner, sloop, cutter, dinghy, canoe, sailboat, barge, raft, gondola, clipper, galley, yawl, jack, bark

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Historical Examples

  • The pinnace was then stripped of her rigging and of all the goods which remained.

    King Philip

    John S. C. (John Stevens Cabot) Abbott

  • Later in the afternoon it was observed that Hornigold's pinnace was not in the harbor.

    Sir Henry Morgan, Buccaneer

    Cyrus Townsend Brady

  • The last shot, too, that was fired from the pinnace had killed three men.

  • It was Kamuso, who said he was bound for Sandwich and would beg a passage in the pinnace.

    Standish of Standish

    Jane G. Austin

  • I was helping to get out the pinnace, and there is a mort of dust and dirt about her.

    Standish of Standish

    Jane G. Austin


British Dictionary definitions for pinnace

pinnace

noun
  1. any of various kinds of ship's tender
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Word Origin

C16: from French pinace, apparently from Old Spanish pinaza, literally: something made of pine, ultimately from Latin pīnus pine
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Word Origin and History for pinnace

n.

small, light vessel, 1540s, from Middle French pinace (earlier spinace, 15c., from Old French espinace, Modern French péniche; also attested as Anglo-Latin spinachium (mid-14c.)); of unknown origin. The French word perhaps is from Italian pinaccia or Spanish pinaza, from pino "pine tree; ship" (Latin pinus "pine tree" also had a secondary sense of "ship, vessel"). But variations in early forms makes this uncertain.

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