Definition of bateau in English:

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bateau

Pronunciation: /ˈbatəʊ/

noun (plural bateaux /ˈbatəʊz/)

A light flat-bottomed riverboat used in Canada.
Example sentences
  • In addition to revealing the lives of black schooner and lightermen, Cecelski discusses canal building, bateaux boating, rafting, levee work, and various kinds of fishing.
  • Cajun boaters invented a flatboat called the bateau, to pass through shallow swamps.
  • As night fell, the wind began to howl and snow and sleet battered the bateaux wherein Washington's amphibious force sat, prepared to fight.

Origin

Early 18th century: French, 'boat'.

Words that rhyme with bateau

chateau, gateau, gelato, plateau

For editors and proofreaders

Line breaks: bat¦eau

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