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

 

sampan

 noun
noun
BrE BrE//ˈsæmpæn//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈsæmpæn//
 
Types of boats and ships
 
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a small boat with a flat bottom used along the coast and rivers of China See related entries: Types of boats and ships Word Origin early 17th cent.: from Chinese san-ban, from san ‘three’ + ban ‘board’.
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