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[la-teen, luh-] /læˈtin, lə-/
pertaining to or having a lateen sail or sails.
Origin of lateen
1720-30; < French (voile) latine Latin (sail) Unabridged
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  • Two lateen-sailed ships are on a lake at the right, and there is a village in the right middle distance.
British Dictionary definitions for lateen


(nautical) denoting a rig with a triangular sail (lateen sail) bent to a yard hoisted to the head of a low mast, used esp in the Mediterranean
Word Origin
C18: from French voile latine Latin sail
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Word Origin and History for lateen

mid-18c., phonetic spelling of French latine in voile latine, literally "Latin sail" (see Latin). So called because it was used in the Mediterranean.

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