Definition of passaree in English:

passaree

noun

Nautical
historical
  • A rope used in square-rigged ships to spread a foresail or mainsail when sailing before the wind, by hauling the clews to the end of a lower studdingsail boom.

Origin

Mid 17th century; earliest use found in Samuel Sturmy (1633–1669), writer on seamanship. Origin uncertain; perhaps from Spanish † passarín or its probable etymon Italian regional (Venice) passerìn, with loss of final -n.

Pronunciation

passaree

/pasəˈriː/