caravel

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noun car·a·vel \ˈker-ə-ˌvel, ˈka-rə-, -vəl\

Definition of caravel

  1. :  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 and Etymology of caravel

Middle French caravelle, from Old Portuguese caravela


First Known Use: 1527


CARAVEL Defined for Kids

caravel

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noun car·a·vel \ˈker-ə-ˌvel\

Definition of caravel for Students

  1. :  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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