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A two-masted sailing ship, square-rigged on the foremast and having a fore-and-aft mainsail, often with square main topsails.

[French brigantin, from Old French brigandin, from Old Italian brigantino, skirmishing ship, from brigante, skirmisher; see brigand.]


(ˈbrɪɡənˌtiːn; -ˌtaɪn)
(Nautical Terms) a two-masted sailing ship, rigged square on the foremast and fore-and-aft with square topsails on the mainmast
[C16: from Old Italian brigantino pirate ship, from brigante brigand]


(ˈbrɪg ənˌtin, -ˌtaɪn)

1. a two-masted sailing vessel, square-rigged on the foremast with a fore-and-aft mainsail and square upper sails.
[1515–25; brigandyn < Middle French brigandin < Medieval Latin brigantinus or early Italian brigantino]
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Noun1.brigantine - two-masted sailing vessel square-rigged on the foremast and fore-and-aft rigged on the mainmastbrigantine - two-masted sailing vessel square-rigged on the foremast and fore-and-aft rigged on the mainmast
sailing ship, sailing vessel - a vessel that is powered by the wind; often having several masts
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he said, in a voice as remarkable for the softness and sweetness of its tones, as was his person for its rare proportions; "I may speak of these things, and be no braggart; for I have been down at both havens; that which is situate at the mouth of Thames, and is named after the capital of Old England, and that which is called 'Haven', with the addition of the word'New'; and have seen the scows and brigantines collecting their droves, like the gathering to the ark, being outward bound to the Island of Jamaica, for the purpose of barter and traffic in four-footed animals; but never before have I beheld a beast which verified the true scripture war-horse like this: 'He paweth in the valley, and rejoiceth in his strength; he goeth on to meet the armed men.
It must be some Algerine corsair brigantine that the watchtower signals to us.
Because," said the general, "against all law, reason, and usages of war they have killed on my hands two of the best soldiers on board these galleys, and I have sworn to hang every man that I have taken, but above all this youth who is the rais of the brigantine," and he pointed to him as he stood with his hands already bound and the rope round his neck, ready for death.
The rest of the crew of the brigantine are Moors and Turks, who merely serve as rowers.
I remember once seeing the commander - officially the master, by courtesy the captain - of a fine iron ship of the old wool fleet shaking his head at a very pretty brigantine.
I didn't inquire, and to a young second mate the captain of the little pretty brigantine, sitting astride a camp stool with his chin resting on his hands that were crossed upon the rail, might have appeared a minor king amongst men.
Her two masts leaned a trifle backward; she carried brigantine, foresail, storm-jib, and standing-jib, and was well rigged for running before the wind; and she seemed capable of brisk speed, which, indeed, she had already proved by gaining several prizes in pilot-boat races.
John Bunsby, master, at length gave the order to start, and the Tankadere, taking the wind under her brigantine, foresail, and standing-jib, bounded briskly forward over the waves.
Apart from his colonial career, he had been to Greece in a brigantine with four brass carronades; he had travelled Europe in a chaise and four, drawing bridle at the palace-doors of German princes; queens of song and dance had followed him like sheep and paid his tailor's bills.
It was at the brigantine that had left in the morning, and the tartan that had just set sail, that Edmond fixed his eyes.
La brigantine Qui va tourner, Roule et s'incline Pour m'entrainer.
A dingy old brigantine under the British flag rose and plunged amid the broad blue waves--the only ship in sight.