car·​vel-built ˈkär-vəl-ˌbilt How to pronounce carvel-built (audio)
: built with the planks meeting flush at the seams
a carvel-built ship

Word History


probably from Dutch karveel-, from karveel caravel, from Middle French carvelle

First Known Use

1798, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of carvel-built was in 1798

Dictionary Entries Near carvel-built

Cite this Entry

“Carvel-built.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jul. 2024.

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