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bateau

[ba-toh; French ba-toh] /bæˈtoʊ; French baˈtoʊ/
noun, plural bateaux
[ba-tohz; French ba-toh] /bæˈtoʊz; French baˈtoʊ/ (Show IPA)
1.
Also, batteau. Nautical.
  1. Chiefly Canadian and Southern U.S. a small, flat-bottomed rowboat used on rivers.
  2. a half-decked, sloop-rigged boat used for fishing on Chesapeake Bay; skipjack.
  3. (in some regions) a scow.
2.
a pontoon of a floating bridge.
Origin
1705-1715
1705-15, Americanism; < French; Old French batel, equivalent to bat (< Old English bāt boat) + -el diminutive suffix < Latin -ellus; see -elle
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Examples for bateau
  • Plank-on-frame construction was also used for another boat type called a bateau.
  • Plank-on-frame construction was also used for another boat type called the bateau.
British Dictionary definitions for bateau

bateau

/bæˈtəʊ; French bato/
noun (pl) -teaux (-təʊz; French) (-to)
1.
a light flat-bottomed boat used on rivers in Canada and the northern US
Word Origin
C18: from French: boat, from Old French batel, from Old English bāt; see boat
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