A small boat, typically with sails and/or several oars, forming part of the equipment of a warship or other large vessel.
- ‘Jump point transits were rough on the crews of small ships like frigates, corvettes, and pinnaces.’
- ‘‘The frigate and the pinnaces might be able to outmaneuver us,’ Brenner said, ‘but not the galleon.’’
- ‘The cruisers and two pinnaces remained behind while Hillary's pinnace fled with another.’
- ‘On June 9, 1873, Wyville Thomson and a party of the Scientifics and officers left the ship early in the morning aboard the steam pinnace.’
- ‘In the middle the open water of the fairway is crowded with pinnaces, jolly-boats, cutters, and pleasure steamers.’
Mid 16th century from French pinace, probably based on Latin pinus ‘pine’ (see pine); compare with Italian pinaccia and Spanish pinaza.