Definition of dhow in English:


Syllabification: dhow


  • A lateen-rigged ship with one or two masts, used in the Indian Ocean.
    More example sentences
    • Argyll has challenged 150 ships in all, and boardings varied from small dhows to large container ships.
    • Night had fallen by the time the frigate reached the dhow, and the ship's boarding party was greeted by a very relieved crew of fishermen.
    • ‘We use the smaller teams to board small vessels - dhows, fishing boats - and we use larger teams for the larger vessels like tankers cargo carriers, passenger ships,’ he said.


late 18th century: from Arabic dāwa, probably related to Marathi dāw.

More definitions of dhow

Definition of dhow in:

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day astrogation
Pronunciation: ˌastrə(ʊ)ˈgeɪʃ(ə)n
(in science fiction) navigation in outer space