topgallant sail

Origin of topgallant sail

First recorded in 1580–90
Also called topgallant. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for topgallant

Historical Examples of topgallant

  • They had contrived happily to get hold of the topgallant halyards.

    The Three Midshipmen

    W.H.G. Kingston

  • Four sails were used on a mast—main, top, topgallant, and royal.

    All Afloat

    William Wood

  • The corvette had handed her royals, presently she took in her topgallant sails.

    The Rival Crusoes

    W.H.G. Kingston

  • There, just rising above the horizon, were seen the topgallant sails of a ship.

    Sunshine Bill

    W H G Kingston

  • Let go the topgallant and topsail halliards, and clew up and furl the sails.

    The Rover's Secret

    Harry Collingwood

British Dictionary definitions for topgallant


  1. Also called: topgallant mast a mast on a square-rigger above a topmast or an extension of a topmast
  2. Also called: topgallant sail a sail set on a yard of a topgallant mast
  3. (modifier) of or relating to a topgallant

Word Origin for topgallant

C16: from top 1 + gallant
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