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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A fore-and-aft sail set on the mizzenmast.
  • noun A mizzenmast.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Nautical, the aftermost fore-and-aft sail in a ship, set abaft the mizzenmast, and having its head extended by a gaff; a spanker. See spanker.
  • Noting the hindmost pair of horns in a five-horned giraffe, a small pair of projections arising from the lambdoid crest, back of the larger frontal horns.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective (Naut.) Hindmost; nearest the stern
  • noun (Naut.) The hindmost of the fore and aft sails of a three-masted vessel; also, the spanker.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun nautical mizzenmast
  • noun nautical A fore-and-aft sail set on a mizzenmast.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun third mast from the bow in a vessel having three or more masts; the after and shorter mast of a yawl, ketch, or dandy
  • noun fore-and-aft sail set on the mizzenmast

Etymologies

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

[Middle English mesan, from Old French misaine, Old Spanish mezana or Old Italian mezzana, all ultimately from Latin mediānus, of the middle, from medius, middle; see medhyo- in Indo-European roots.]

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From Middle French misaine, modified from Old French migenne (through influence from Italian mezzana), from Catalan mitjana, feminine of mitjan, ultimately from Latin medianus.

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