noun \ˈker-ə-ˌvel, ˈka-rə-, -vəl\

Definition of CARAVEL

:  any of several sailing ships; specifically :  a small 15th and 16th century ship that has broad bows, high narrow poop, and usually three masts with lateen or both square and lateen sails

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Origin of CARAVEL

Middle French caravelle, from Old Portuguese caravela
First Known Use: 1527


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