Definition of goelette in US English:


(also goélette)


  • 1A light schooner-rigged sailing boat used chiefly in North America, typically broad-beamed with two masts. Compare "gulet". Now historical and rare.

  • 2Canadian. A type of boat, originally a small schooner, in later use a flat-bottomed motor-driven vessel, used for carrying freight on the St Lawrence River in Quebec. Now chiefly historical.


Mid 18th century. From French goélette schooner, tern, probably alteration (with suffix substitution: see -ette) of goéland seabird, gull from Breton goelan, gwelan (now gouelan) gull.