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  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Bateau A boat; esp. a flat-bottomed, clumsy boat used on the Canadian lakes and rivers.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Henri Matisse's Le Bateau hung in New York's Museum of Modern Art for 47 days in 1961 before someone noticed it was upside down.
    • n bateau A light boat for river navigation, long in proportion to its breadth, and wider in the middle than at the ends.
    • n bateau A pontoon of a floating bridge.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The Museum of Modern Art in New York City hung Matisse's 'Le Bateau' upside-down for 47 days before an art student noticed the error.
    • n Bateau bä-to′ a light river-boat, esp. those used on Canadian rivers.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. bateau, LL. batellus, fr. battus, batus, boat, which agrees with AS. bāt, boat: cf. W. bad, boat. See Boat (n.)
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.—O. Fr. batel, boat.


In literature:

This bateau was from forty-eight to fifty-four feet long, but very narrow in proportion to its length.
"Tobacco in Colonial Virginia" by Melvin Herndon
Dandy handed Lily into the bateau which was to serve as the Isabel's tender, and then seated himself in the bow.
"Watch and Wait" by Oliver Optic
In the other channel they could see a bateau just disappearing behind a clump of trees.
"The Road to Frontenac" by Samuel Merwin
Not until he was nearly on top of the bateau did Auguste see it.
"Shaman" by Robert Shea
Then commenced the era of bateau navigation, and the advent of a peculiar race of men, of whom now no trace remains.
"Graham's Magazine Vol XXXII No. 6 June 1848" by Various
On June 24, as the exiles were proceeding down the river, they met nine or ten canoes and one bateau.
"The Red River Colony" by Louis Aubrey Wood
One day there came up the river a bateau from Tadoussac, bringing the news that the ice was all out of the St. Lawrence.
"The Quality of Mercy" by W. D. Howells
At last the great bateau lay ready, launched from the docks and moored alongside the wharf.
"The Magnificent Adventure" by Emerson Hough
For shorter voyages the canoe gave place to the larger and clumsier bateau, the characteristic eighteenth-century conveyance.
"The Railway Builders" by Oscar D. Skelton
Every bateau within reach must be secured.
"With Ethan Allen at Ticonderoga" by W. Bert Foster
It was arranged with the Busters, who would go up to Lake Honotonka the same day as the Go-Aheads, to send the stores together by bateau.
"Wyn's Camping Days" by Amy Bell Marlowe
Shouting, questioning, gesticulating, and almost losing their balance, the boys sat down quickly in fear of upsetting the bateau.
"Captain Ted" by Louis Pendleton
The latter had already embarked in a bateau, carrying several of those ominous sticks wrapped in their brown-paper cases.
"King Spruce, A Novel" by Holman Day
Once or twice we passed the red wreck of a bateau which had been stove some spring.
"Canoeing in the wilderness" by Henry David Thoreau
The party reached the road just as the incendiaries leaped from the bateau.
"Brother Against Brother" by Oliver Optic
It was an awning over the bateau that carried Roubaud and his brother missionaries.
"Historic Handbook of the Northern Tour" by Francis Parkman
Curly went down to the edge of the water and found the big bateau.
"Ruth Fielding Down in Dixie" by Alice B. Emerson
Burgwin m'informant que son devoir l'oblige de faire visiter le bateau.
"Audubon and his Journals, Volume I (of 2)" by Maria R. Audubon
Histoire d'un vieux bateau et de son equipage.
"Whittaker & Co.'s List of Classical, Educational and Technical Works" by Whittaker & Co.
Bateau a moteur Motor boat.
"English-French and French-English dictionary of the motor car, cycle, and boat" by Frederick Lucas

In news:

Carven Creates Capsule Collection with Petit Bateau .
Call it a canoe, a pirogue, a bateau, or whatever you like.
Petit Bateau to Make More Striped Shirts.
Carven Creates Capsule Collection with Petit Bateau.
An Exclusive Look at Carven's New Petit Bateau Collaboration.