Definition of bateau in English:


Line breaks: bat¦eau
Pronunciation: /ˈbatəʊ

noun (plural bateaux /-əʊz/)

A light flat-bottomed riverboat used in Canada.
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  • 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.


early 18th century: French, 'boat'.

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