• WordNet 3.6
    • adj lateen rigged with a triangular (lateen) sail
    • n lateen a triangular fore-and-aft sail used especially in the Mediterranean
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • lateen (Naut) Of or pertaining to a peculiar rig used in the Mediterranean and adjacent waters, esp. on the northern coast of Africa; pertaining to a lateen sail. See below.
    • lateen rigged with a triangular (lateen sail).
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • lateen Literally, Latin: a word used only in lateen sail, lateen yard, lateen rig. Also spelled latteen.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Lateen la-tēn′ applied to a triangular sail, common in the Mediterranean, the Lake of Geneva, &c.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. Latinus, Latin.


In literature:

A little midshipman, named Midgley, differed from both, and said it was a large dhow, for he could make out the top of its lateen sail.
"Black Ivory" by R.M. Ballantyne
Batteau and periagua still are used; and the gundalow, picturesque with its lateen sail, still is found on our northern New England shores.
"Home Life in Colonial Days" by Alice Morse Earle
Then drew a little and loafed a good deal on the Bundar watching the lateen-rigged boats.
"From Edinburgh to India & Burmah" by William G. Burn Murdoch
You rock your cradle the hills between, But scorn to notice my white lateen.
"The Ontario High School Reader" by A.E. Marty
Look at it sailing along like a tiny lateen-rigged boat.
"Jack at Sea" by George Manville Fenn
A lateen-rigged vessel of India.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
They were each provided with three masts, rigged with lateen-sails.
"Harper's Young People, February 3, 1880" by Various
A tug fussed about the quarantine wharf; the lateen fisher-boats were slipping out towards the Sacramento.
"The Readjustment" by Will Irwin
Two of her masts had square sails, the mizzen being lateen-rigged.
"Christopher Columbus and His Monument Columbia" by Various
From one corner of the lateen sail, Storms now noticed that a large crimson handkerchief was fluttering in the wind.
"Adrift on the Pacific" by Edward S. Ellis

In poetry:

Life was laughing then. Ah! Golu,
Do you think of that old time, And of all the tales I told you
Of my colder Western clime? Do you think how happy were we
When we sailed to strip the palm, And we made a lateen arbor
Of the boat-sail in the calm?
"Golu" by John Boyle O Reilly