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mizzen

[miz-uh n] /ˈmɪz ən/
noun
1.
a fore-and-aft sail set on a mizzenmast.
Compare crossjack, spanker (def 1a).
adjective
3.
of or pertaining to a mizzenmast.
4.
noting a sail, yard, boom, etc., or any rigging belonging to a mizzen lower mast or to some upper mast of a mizzenmast.
5.
noting any stay running aft and upward to the head of a mizzen lower mast or some specified upper mast of a mizzenmast:
mizzen topmast stay.
Also, mizen.
Origin
late Middle English
1375-1425
1375-1425; late Middle English meson, mesan, probably < Italian mezzana
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Examples for mizzen
  • The mizzen is small, and is intended to help provide helm balance.
British Dictionary definitions for mizzen

mizzen

/ˈmɪzən/
noun
1.
a sail set on a mizzenmast
2.
short for mizzenmast
adjective
3.
of or relating to any kind of gear used with a mizzenmast a mizzen staysail
Word Origin
C15: from French misaine, from Italian mezzana, mezzano middle
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Word Origin and History for mizzen
mizzen
c.1415, from M.Fr. misaine "foresail, foremast," alt. by infl. of It. mezzana "mizzen" from O.Fr. migenne, from Catalan mitjana, from L. medianus "of the middle" (see median).
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