noun, plural bateaux /bæˈtoʊz; French baˈtoʊ/ [ba-tohz; French ba-toh] Show IPA .
1. Also, batteau. Nautical. a.
Chiefly Canadian and Southern U.S. a small, flat-bottomed rowboat used on rivers.
a half-decked, sloop-rigged boat used for fishing on Chesapeake Bay; skipjack.
(in some regions) a scow.
a pontoon of a floating bridge.
Americanism; < French; Old French batel,
equivalent to bat
(< Old English bāt boat
) + -el
diminutive suffix < Latin -ellus;