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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 of corvette
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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  • The brig was the first to haul her wind, the corvette next; and Jack then, parting from her, stood for his station in the north.

    The Three Commanders W.H.G. Kingston
  • When my brother was here in the corvette, he found her for me.

    Malbone Thomas Wentworth Higginson
  • When a packet is no longer retained in service, a corvette or brig, commanded by a lieutenant of the navy, is substituted.

    Travels Through North America, v. 1-2 Berhard Saxe-Weimar Eisenach
  • If you like you can return to Lisbon in the corvette; you will be there before us.'

    The Memoires of Casanova, Complete Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
  • The Frenchman was afterwards fallen in with, and captured by a corvette of her own size.

    Old Jack W.H.G. Kingston
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
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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