caravel

noun
car·​a·​vel | \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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In Europe, however, small and scrappy Portugal did build small ships called caravels that could explore the African coast and later the Atlantic Ocean. Lee Roop, AL.com, "Trump's 'Space Force' idea sounds good to Alabama representatives," 14 Mar. 2018 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. Andrew Katz, TIME.com, "‘My mind will stay there forever’," 17 July 2017

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First Known Use of caravel

1527, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for caravel

Middle French caravelle, from Old Portuguese caravela

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caravel

noun
car·​a·​vel | \ˈker-ə-ˌvel \

Kids Definition of caravel

: 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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