Definition of barque :
1. A three- masted vessel, having her foremast and mainmast square- rigged, and her mizzenmast schooner- rigged.
2. Formerly, any small sailing vessel, as a pinnace, fishing smack, etc.; also, a rowing boat; a barge. Now applied poetically to a sailing vessel or boat of any kind.
3. Same as 3d Bark, n.
- We were fellow- passengers aboard the Midas, a merchant barque of near on a thousand tons, homeward bound from Cape Town; and we had lost sight of the Table Mountain but a couple of days before. - "The Delectable Duchy", Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch.
- In this part of the ocean he picked up an abandoned French barque on a reef, floated her, and loaded her with coconuts, intending to sail her to New Zealand with a native crew, but they went ashore in a hurricane and lost everything. - "By Reef and Palm", Louis Becke.
- Thou art an isle in the ocean wide; Thou art a barque above the tide; How vague and void is all beside! - "A Knight Of The Nineteenth Century", E. P. Roe.