Definition of lateen in English:

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Pronunciation: /ləˈtēn/
Pronunciation: /laˈtēn/


(also lateen sail)
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1A triangular sail on a long yard at an angle of 45° to the mast.
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.
1.1A ship rigged with a lateen sail.
Example sentences
  • We found ourselves at the dock, in our lateen, our things packed tightly within.


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

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Syllabification: la·teen

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