Definition of brigantine in US English:



  • A two-masted sailing ship with a square-rigged foremast and a fore-and-aft-rigged mainmast.

    • ‘A tall and handsome man stood strong against the blowing wind, gazing out from the bow of a large brigantine ship.’
    • ‘Boats of all types, from fishing boats to a huge black brigantine with deep blue sails, were docked.’
    • ‘He pointed toward a sleek two-masted brigantine anchored at the end of the long sloping street.’
    • ‘The brigantine Young Endeavour, a bicentennial gift from the United Kingdom to Australia, is a unique ship.’
    • ‘The chart holds the key to the location of the wreck of an eighteenth-century brigantine.’


Early 16th century (denoting a small vessel used by pirates): from Old French, from Italian brigantino, from brigante (see brigand).