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brig•an•tine  (brigən tēn′, -tīn′),USA pronunciation n. [Naut.]
  1. Nautical, Naval Termsa two-masted sailing vessel, square-rigged on the foremast and having a fore-and-aft mainsail with square upper sails.
  2. Nautical, Naval TermsSee  hermaphrodite brig. 
  • Middle French brigandin
  • Medieval Latin brigantinus or Old Italian brigantino, origin, originally, armed escort ship (see brigand, -ine2); replacing brigandyn
  • 1515–25


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brigantine /ˈbrɪɡənˌtiːn -ˌtaɪn/ n
  1. a two-masted sailing ship, rigged square on the foremast and fore-and-aft with square topsails on the mainmast
Etymology: 16th Century: from Old Italian brigantino pirate ship, from brigante brigand



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