[miz-uh n] /ˈmɪz ən/ Nautical

a fore-and-aft sail set on a mizzenmast.
Compare , (def 1a).
of or relating to a mizzenmast.
noting a sail, yard, boom, etc., or any rigging belonging to a mizzen lower mast or to some upper mast of a mizzenmast.
noting any stay running aft and upward to the head of a mizzen lower mast or some specified upper mast of a mizzenmast:
mizzen topmast stay.
a sail set on a mizzenmast
short for mizzenmast
of or relating to any kind of gear used with a mizzenmast: a mizzen staysail

early 15c., from Middle French misaine “foresail, foremast,” altered (by influence of Italian mezzana “mizzen”) from Old French migenne, from Catalan mitjana, from Latin medianus “of the middle” (see median). Klein suggests the French word is from Arabic, via Italian.


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