from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A sailing ship with from three to five masts of which only the foremast is square-rigged, the others being fore-and-aft rigged.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Alternative spelling of barquentine.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A threemasted vessel, having the foremast square-rigged, and the others schooner-rigged. [Spelled also barquentine, barkantine, etc.] See Illust. in Append.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. See barkantine.


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Probably bark3 + (brig)antine.


  • On the 22d of August, 1696, this baby, a puny, fretful boy, was carried down the street of Port Royal, Jamaica, and on board the "barkentine"

    Stories of Childhood

  • "barkentine;" should she be a two-master, and have yards on both, she is a "brig;" should she have yards on the foremast only, she is a

    Golden Days for Boys and Girls, Vol. XIII, Nov. 28, 1891

  • Yet I know that I arrived this very morning from China, with a quick passage to my credit, and master of the barkentine Harvester.


  • Three times she had changed her rigging and now sailed as a barkentine, bound for a speculative run to Manila for an overload of mahogany which the Khedive of Egypt required for a palace he was building.


  • In 1406, Queen Margaret, it will be remembered, laid an interdict upon trade with them: for two centuries afterward not even a passing barkentine touched upon the Greenland shore.

    Lippincott's Magazine, Vol. 22, August, 1878

  • A barkentine, loaded with molave timber and carrying native passengers, had been driven ashore at the port that day, and the _One Lung_ had gone to the rescue and taken off the passengers.

    A Woman's Impression of the Philippines

  • We passed a ship, two schooners, and a four-masted barkentine under the smallest of canvas, and at eleven o'clock, running up the spanker and jib, we hove her to, and in another hour we were beating back again against the aftersea under full sail to regain the sealing ground away to the westward.

    Typhoon Off the Coast of Japan

  • He destroyed no less than fifteen piratical crafts of all sizes, from a large half-decked whaleboat to a three-hundred-ton barkentine.

    Howard Pyle's Book of Pirates : fiction, fact & fancy concerning the buccaneers & marooners of the Spanish Main

  • He was delighted to find that a miniature barkentine, which he had built with corks, paper, and thread when he was seven years old, still stood on his mother's mantelpiece.

    Georges Guynemer

  • Peasley -- 'Accept this telegram as your formal appointment to command of our barkentine, Retriever, vice Matthew Peasley, discharged this day; forwarding to-morrow certificate of change of master.'

    Cappy Ricks Or, the Subjugation of Matt Peasley


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  • "One day a barkentine with red sails appeared in the bay, and a red-headed man with a red beard came to shore."

    The Diamond Age by Neal Stephenson, p 197 of the Spectra trade paperback

    May 22, 2016

  • Also barquentine.

    July 22, 2010