from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A light boat propelled by sails or oars, formerly used as a tender for merchant and war vessels.
- n. Any of various kinds of ship's boats.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A light boat, traditionally propelled by sails, but may also be a rowboat. Pinnaces are usually messenger boats, carrying messages among the larger ships of a fleet.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A small vessel propelled by sails or oars, formerly employed as a tender, or for coast defence; -- called originally, spynace or spyne.
- n. A man-of-war's boat.
- n. A procuress; a pimp.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Nautical: A small vessel, generally with two masts rigged like those of a schooner, and capable of being propelled by oars; a galley: so called because built of pine wood; poetically, any light sailing-vessel.
- n. A large double-banked ship's boat.
- n. A procuress; a prostitute.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a boat for communication between ship and shore
French pinace, from Old French, probably from Old Spanish pinaza, from pino, pine tree, boat, from Latin pīnus; see peiə- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle French pinasse, from Spanish pinaza, from pino ("pine") + -aza. (Wiktionary)