Definition of barkentine in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈbärkənˌtēn/
(British barquentine)


A sailing ship similar to a bark but square-rigged only on the foremast.
Example sentences
  • Events such as Monday's parade of sail, where square-rigged barquentines and brigantines raise their sails and tour the harbour, evoke images of a time before steamships and attract thousands of binocular-toting sailing fans.
  • The cadets and professional sailors on-board the four-masted barquentine, a training ship owned by the Japanese government, scrubbed the vessel down for public tours this week.
  • Like its sister ship, the Nippon Maru, which visited Richmond two years ago for the Tall Ships Festival, the Kaiwo Maru is a four-masted barquentine.


Late 17th century: from bark3, on the pattern of brigantine.

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Syllabification: bark·en·tine

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