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[brig-uh n-teen, -tahyn] /ˈbrɪg ənˌtin, -ˌtaɪn/
noun, Nautical
a two-masted sailing vessel, square-rigged on the foremast and having a fore-and-aft mainsail with square upper sails.
Origin of brigantine
1515-25; < Medieval Latin brigantinus or Old Italian brigantino, orig., armed escort ship (see brigand, -ine2); replacing brigandyn < Middle French brigandin Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the Web for brigantine
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  • I think that had they put a slow match in the magazine of the other brigantine it would have exploded before this.

    A Roving Commission G. A. Henty
  • See Hermaphrodite and brigantine, by which, term she is at present classed in law.

    The Sailor's Word-Book William Henry Smyth
  • At daylight on the 30th May 1840, the Dolphin being under easy sail off Whydah, a brigantine was observed on the lee-bow.

    Our Sailors W.H.G. Kingston
  • Meanwhile the pirate craft was dashing toward the brigantine.

  • The Indians likewise promised to man all their canoes and accompany the brigantine to where the vessel lay moored.

  • Instantly a battle-flag fluttered from every mast-head on the brigantine.

  • Vasseur's ship, the Breton, still remained in the river, and they had also the Spanish brigantine brought by the mutineers.

  • Apparently he had his doubts as to the probability of the brigantine attacking us.

    A Pirate of the Caribbees Harry Collingwood
  • The brigantine was headed for her, and the two vessels rapidly approached each other.

    In Greek Waters G. A. Henty
  • “All ready, sir, and bearing dead on the brigantine,” was the answer.

    A Pirate of the Caribbees Harry Collingwood
British Dictionary definitions for brigantine


/ˈbrɪɡənˌtiːn; -ˌtaɪn/
a two-masted sailing ship, rigged square on the foremast and fore-and-aft with square topsails on the mainmast
Word Origin
C16: from Old Italian brigantino pirate ship, from brigantebrigand
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Word Origin and History for brigantine

"small two-masted ship," 1520s, from Middle French brigandin (15c.), from Italian brigantino, perhaps "skirmishing vessel, pirate ship," from brigante "skirmisher, pirate, brigand" from brigare "fight" (see brigade).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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