What does the word lateen mean?

Usage examples for lateen

  1. I don't know; I have seen wonders done with this lateen rig in the Pacific. – Love Me Little, Love Me Long by Charles Reade Edition: 10 Language: English
  2. Rigged with two lateen sails and two jibs, the ship sailed either end first. – Fulton's "Steam Battery": Blockship and Catamaran by Howard I. Chapelle
  3. The brig, passing through the narrow entrance, the whole panorama of the magnificent landlocked bay with its fleet of vessels, some at anchor, others moored with their heads to the quay, its numberless boats with lateen sails and hulls painted, some of a bright blue, others of a scarlet hue, and others again striped with green and white, darting about in all directions; its great square stone warehouses fronting the water; its many mansions, the residences of nobles and merchants; its beautiful- looking villas, and groves of palm- trees; the high- peaked roofs of its convents, and tall grey towers of its churches rising above the whole, now appeared in full view. – The Three Lieutenants by W.H.G. Kingston