car·​rack | \ ˈker-ək How to pronounce carrack (audio) , ˈker-ik, ˈka-rək, ˈka-rik \

Definition of carrack

: a beamy sailing ship especially of the 15th and 16th centuries

Examples of carrack in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Wearing a magnifying visor, at a table with glues and tweezers and exact bits of wood, the boy puts together long ships and carracks in exquisite minute scale. Amanda Petrusich, The New Yorker, "The Galleons," 5 Mar. 2018 There’s a cruise on the Esperanza, a three-masted Spanish carrack. Adam H. Graham, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Ise-Shima Peninsula Is a Portal Into Old Japan," 2 June 2017

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First Known Use of carrack

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for carrack

Middle English carrake, from Anglo-French carrak, from Old Spanish carraca, from Arabic qarāqīr, plural of qurqūr merchant ship, from Greek kerkouros light vessel

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“Carrack.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Nov. 2020.

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