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Definition of mizzen noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    mizzen

     noun
    (also mizen) noun
    BrE BrE//ˈmɪzn//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈmɪzn//
     
    (specialist) Parts of boats and ships
     
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  1. 1(also mizzenmast
    BrE BrE//ˈmɪznmɑːst//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈmɪznmæst//
     
    )
    the mast of a ship that is behind the main mast See related entries: Parts of boats and ships
  2. 2(also mizzensail
    BrE BrE//ˈmɪznseɪl//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈmɪznseɪl//
     
    )
    a sail on the mizzen of a ship See related entries: Parts of boats and ships
  3. Word Origin late Middle English: from Italian mezzana ‘mizzensail’, feminine (used as a noun) of mezzano ‘middle’, from Latin medianus, from medius ‘mid’.
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