pinnace definition

  • noun:
    • A light watercraft propelled by sails or oars, previously used as a tender for merchant and war vessels.
    • Any of various kinds of ship's ships.
    • A light motorboat, typically propelled by sails, but may also be a rowboat. Pinnaces are messenger boats, holding communications one of the larger vessels of a fleet.
    • A small vessel propelled by sails or oars, formerly employed as a tender, or for coast defence; -- called originally, spynace or spyne.
    • A man-of-war's vessel.
    • A procuress; a pimp.
    • Nautical: a little vessel, typically with two masts rigged like those of a schooner, and with the capacity of becoming propelled by oars; a galley: so-called because built of pine wood; poetically, any light sailing-vessel.
    • A large double-banked ship's boat.
    • A procuress; a prostitute.
    • a boat for communication between ship and shore

Related Sources

  • Sentence for "pinnace"
  • Urban Dictionary for "pinnace"
137 votes

How would you define pinnace?

All the definitions on AZdictionary were written by people just like you. Now's your chance to add your own!