Definition of dhow in English:



  • A lateen-rigged ship with one or two masts, used in the Indian Ocean.

    ‘Argyll has challenged 150 ships in all, and boardings varied from small dhows to large container ships.’
    • ‘Night had fallen by the time the frigate reached the dhow, and the ship's boarding party was greeted by a very relieved crew of fishermen.’
    • ‘‘We use the smaller teams to board small vessels - dhows, fishing boats - and we use larger teams for the larger vessels like tankers cargo carriers, passenger ships,’ he said.’
    • ‘RFA tanker Brambleleaf has picked up the survivors of a blazing dhow in the Arabian Gulf.’
    • ‘It is one of the busiest shipping areas in the world, where every type of vessel, from vast supertankers to small dhows, go about their business.’
    • ‘Across the bay, nestling alongside traditional Arabian wooden boats, or dhows, is the Greenpeace ship, Rainbow Warrior.’
    • ‘In an area of heavy traffic, from massive oil tankers to tiny fishing dhows, Echo carried out detailed surveys to locate underwater hazards such as rocks and shallow banks.’
    • ‘Wooden-hulled ships known as dhows have been used to smuggle dates and oil past the international blockade.’
    • ‘Large timber cargo dhows have replaced the tankers and were often seen by the dozen as they prepared to move south after dusk.’
    • ‘With large fleets of small fishing dhows clustered around the edges of the exclusion zones, Somerset's ship's company must remain alert to what is happening in particularly sensitive areas.’
    • ‘From junks to dhows, clippers to cruise liners, humble riverboats to awesome battlefleets, this is the definitive chronicle of great vessels, legendary journeys, and heroic seafarers.’
    • ‘As the oil terminals sit in a valuable fishing area, the crew of the Lynx are kept busy monitoring the vast array of fishing dhows that emerge daily from the Shatt Al Arab waterway between Iraq and Iran.’
    • ‘Most were just fishing dhows that drifted too close.’
    • ‘During the shrimp season there are literally hundreds of fishing dhows plying these waters.’
    • ‘Team members yell out to the crew in Arabic as they come alongside and the dhow's crew responds by hanging a rope ladder over the side.’
    • ‘The dhow was sinking around 40 miles from land between Sumatra and Malaysia in the Malacca Strait.’
    • ‘The boarding team found goods stolen from the dhows aboard the speedboat.’
    • ‘Vessels, especially traditional dhows, can land and depart from the coast unregistered and undetected.’
    • ‘If you come in by air you land at nearby Manda Island, from where you take a dhow or ferry.’
    • ‘Another popular craft is the production of dhows, boats made of wood, according to a traditional design that does not use metal nails.’



/dou/ /daʊ/


Late 18th century from Arabic dāwa, probably related to Marathi dāw.