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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This caravel gave me a strange sense of peace and the feeling that there is always a story to tell, a place where to return.
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Origin and Etymology of caravel
Medieval French caravelle, from Old Portuguese caravela
First Known Use: 1527See Words from the same year
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Definition of caravel for Students
: a small sailing ship of the 15th and 16th centuries with a broad bow and high stern and three or four masts
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