Definition of lateen in English:

lateen

Line breaks: la¦teen
Pronunciation: /laˈtiːn
 
/
(also lateen sail)

noun

  • A triangular sail on a long yard at an angle of 45° to the mast.
    More example sentences
    • Also, the fore-and-aft sail on the mizzenmast, originally a triangular lateen sail, was changed to accommodate the more modern rig.
    • An old family friend had hooked a lateen sail while fishing at a local creek.
    • In fact, of course, the Arabs' contributions to the world have been crucial, from algebra to the lateen sail, from Sufi spirituality to key discoveries in astronomy.

Origin

mid 16th century: from French (voile) Latine 'Latin (sail)', so named because it was common in the Mediterranean.

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