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corvette

[kawr-vet] /kɔrˈvɛt/
noun
1.
a warship of the old sailing class, having a flush deck and usually one tier of guns.
2.
a lightly armed, fast ship used mostly for convoy escort and ranging in size between a destroyer and a gunboat.
Also, corvet
[kawr-vet, kawr-vet] /kɔrˈvɛt, ˈkɔr vɛt/ (Show IPA)
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Origin
1630-1640
1630-40; < French, Middle French < Middle Dutch corver pursuit boat (derivative of corf fishing boat, literally, basket), with suffix altered to -ette -ette
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Examples for corvette
  • The rank corvette captain derives from the name of this type of ship.
British Dictionary definitions for corvette

corvette

/kɔːˈvɛt/
noun
1.
a lightly armed escort warship
Word Origin
C17: from Old French, perhaps from Middle Dutch corf basket, small ship, from Latin corbis basket
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Word Origin and History for corvette
corvette
1636, from Fr., "small, fast frigate," probably from M.Du. korver "pursuit ship," from M.L.G. korf meaning both a kind of boat and a basket, from L. corbita (navis) "slow-sailing ship of burden," from corbis "basket." A basket was hoisted as a signal by Egyptian grain-ships. The U.S. sports car was so named Sept. 1952, after the warship, on a suggestion by Myron Scott, employee of Campbell-Ewald, Chevrolet's advertising agency.
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