Definition of barque in English:

barque

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Pronunciation: /bɑːk
 
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noun

1A sailing ship, typically with three masts, in which the foremast and mainmast are square-rigged and the mizzenmast is rigged fore and aft.
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  • The latest vessel to confirm its involvement is the 295-feet long Eagle, a three-masted sailing barque with 21,350 square feet of sail and five miles of rigging.
  • The difference between a barque and a ship is the way the aftmost mast is rigged.
  • The sea reflected our good fortune in hues of glassy green, turquoise and cobalt blue and into this unearthly vision we quietly launched our sailing barque.
1.1 literary A boat.
More example sentences
  • The lesser barques and rowboats that move about in the background are those of Religion.
  • The barked torrent of words flowed over me: a cataract of verbiage with unknown phrases sticking up like sharp rocks to confound the frail barque of my self-confidence and perhaps overwhelm it.
  • Bishop Peter J. Lee had for many years been viewed as a moderate, tilting to this side or that in order to keep his little barque afloat.

Origin

Middle English: from Old French, probably from Provençal barca, from late Latin barca 'ship's boat'.

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