Definition of barque in English:


(also bark)


  • 1A sailing ship, typically with three masts, in which the foremast and mainmast are square-rigged and the mizzenmast is rigged fore and aft.

    • ‘Two centuries on, the ‘New Trafalgar Dispatch’ was placed on board the Jubilee Sailing Trust's barque Lord Nelson in Portsmouth at the International Festival of the Sea.’
    • ‘On 13 August 1840 the barque London left Plymouth with Frederic, his wife Margaret, and their three children on board.’
    • ‘His square-rigged ship with the cross and bones flying from the mizzenmast was a feared sight in the eyes of captains of merchant barques.’
    • ‘With Capt. Bill Pinkney at the helm, Amistad held a place of honor, third in line behind the U.S. Coast Guard barque Eagle and a replica of the War of 1812 brigantine Niagara.’
    • ‘The harbour setting was ideal with HMAS Tobruk and the barque Endeavour positioned either side of the parade, representing the past and present.’
    • ‘The three - masted barque took to the water as a bulk cargo carrier.’
    • ‘A symbol of earlier, more dangerous times, it's the anchor from the barque Harriet that ran aground off the Okahu River in 1834.’
    • ‘Typically there are wooden sailing barques with rather basic facilities, or spacious yet ethnic sailing schooners such as sy Pindito, locally built in Kalimantan in Pinisi-style from ironwood.’
    • ‘The ship was a threemasted barque and had two coal-fired steam engines.’
    • ‘In sailing parlance, she is known as a three-masted barque.’
    • ‘The difference between a barque and a ship is the way the aftmost mast is rigged.’
    • ‘The visit of the barques, brigantines and schooners also seemed to drive off some of the tourism malaise created by a July shrouded in fog, damp and rain.’
    • ‘The latest vessel to confirm its involvement is the 295-feet long Eagle, a three-masted sailing barque with 21,350 square feet of sail and five miles of rigging.’
    • ‘She also adds gems of family interest, such as the story of Captain William Mein Smith, a surveyor and artist who arrived at Port Nicholson on the barque Cuba in 1839.’
    • ‘But Fortuna propelled her forward without answering and before she knew it she was planted safely on the deck of the barque.’
    • ‘Like a sailing barque stuck fast in the Doldrums, I lurch slowly in the swell, holding my breath and waiting for a wind to fill the sails.’
    • ‘The sea reflected our good fortune in hues of glassy green, turquoise and cobalt blue and into this unearthly vision we quietly launched our sailing barque.’
    • ‘The barque Endeavour (the replica of Captain James Cook's ship) arrived in July and then there was The Big Day Out, a port open day, a month or so later.’
    • ‘For the second consecutive year the Jubilee Sailing Trust will be participating in the ARC with their barque Tenacious, the largest wooden tall ship to have been built in the last century.’
    • ‘On 29 April 1834, caught in the grips of west-sou-wester gale, the barque Harriet washed up on a beach not far from Rahotu.’
    1. 1.1literary A boat.
      • ‘The lesser barques and rowboats that move about in the background are those of Religion.’
      • ‘Bishop Peter J. Lee had for many years been viewed as a moderate, tilting to this side or that in order to keep his little barque afloat.’
      • ‘As she entered the water, even seaside frolickers enlarged the circle and joined the chanting, which peaked with a final "VIVA CARMELITA!" as the drenched bearers hoisted her up into a garlanded barque.’
      • ‘The barked torrent of words flowed over me: a cataract of verbiage with unknown phrases sticking up like sharp rocks to confound the frail barque of my self-confidence and perhaps overwhelm it.’
      • ‘Who travelest over the heavens in thy barque at the uprising of the sun.’
      boat, sailing boat, ship, yacht, craft, watercraft
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Middle English: from Old French, probably from Provençal barca, from late Latin barca ‘ship's boat’.