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la·teen(lə-tēn′, lă-) Nautical
Being, relating to, or rigged with a triangular sail hung on a long yard that is attached at an angle to the top of a short mast.
1. A lateen-rigged boat.
2. A lateen sail.
[French (voile) latine, lateen (sail), feminine of latin, Latin (from its use in the Mediterranean), from Old French; see Latin.]
(Nautical Terms) 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
[C18: from French voile latine Latin sail]
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|Noun||1.||lateen - a triangular fore-and-aft sail used especially in the Mediterranean|
fore-and-aft sail - any sail not set on a yard and whose normal position is in a fore-and-aft direction
lateen-rig - the rig on a lateen-rigged sailing vessel
|Adj.||1.||lateen - rigged with a triangular (lateen) sail|
rigged - fitted or equipped with necessary rigging (sails and shrouds and stays etc)