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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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British Dictionary definitions for corvet

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 corvet

corvette

n.

1630s, also corvet, from French corvette "small, fast frigate" (15c.), perhaps from Middle Dutch korver "pursuit ship," or Middle Low German korf meaning both a kind of boat and a basket, or from Latin corbita (navis) "slow-sailing ship of burden, grain ship" from corbis "basket" (Gamillscheg is against this). The U.S. sports car was so named September 1952, after the warship, on a suggestion by Myron Scott, employee of Campbell-Ewald, Chevrolet's advertising agency. Italian corvetta, Spanish corbeta are French loan-words.

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