Definition of bateau in English:


Syllabification: ba·teau
Pronunciation: /baˈtō

noun (plural bateaux /-ˈtōz/)

A light flat-bottomed riverboat used in eastern and central North America.
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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, literally 'boat'.

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