Definition of martingana in English:

martingana

(also martingane)

noun

historical
  • A kind of boat formerly used in Sicily and parts of the eastern Mediterranean.

Origin

Early 19th century; earliest use found in Naval Documents of U.S. Wars with Barbary Powers. From Italian regional (Sicily) martingana, perhaps from Occitan martengala, martegala boat of the kind used at Martegues.

Pronunciation

martingana

/mɑːtɪŋˈɡɑːnə/