cor·​vette | \ kȯr-ˈvet How to pronounce corvette (audio) \

Definition of corvette

1 : a warship ranking in the old sailing navies next below a frigate
2 : a highly maneuverable armed escort ship that is smaller than a destroyer

Examples of corvette in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Canadian navy launched a corvette in 1943 called the HCMS Asbestos. The Economist, "Asbestos, Quebec wants a new name, maybe," 12 Dec. 2019 The North denied attacking the corvette, but bombed Yeonpyeong island in November that year in retaliation for South Korean military exercises in the area, leaving two marines and two civilians dead. San Diego Union-Tribune, "South fires warning shots then fixes drifting N Korean boat," 27 Sep. 2019 Both Manuel and the SUV driver had green lights when the SUV turned left toward a boulevard as the officer’s corvette headed along Airline Highway, according to an arrest report obtained by local paper the Advocate. Hannah Knowles, Washington Post, "A baby died after a cop drove 94 mph and crashed his Corvette. The officer won’t face charges.," 16 Nov. 2019 Reporters on a trip to Syria organized by the Russian Defense Ministry could see a missile corvette sailing off on patrol and a group of navy divers practicing at the Tartus harbor. Yuras Karmanau, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Naval base in Syria cements Russia’s Mediterranean foothold," 26 Sep. 2019 The bulk of Beijing’s Navy includes 23 destroyers, 59 frigates, and 37 corvettes, or a total of 119 surface ships. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "China Now Has More Warships Than the U.S.," 20 May 2019 More recently, Lewis has enjoyed spending time with his wife Joanne boating, driving the corvette, tailgating at UConn football games, and vacationing in Cape Cod., "Lewis I. Davidson," 19 Aug. 2019 The corvette-sized vessels, from 200 to 300 feet long, will operate autonomously at sea without a single human onboard. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The U.S. Navy Wants To Build a “Ghost Fleet” of Drone Warships," 14 Mar. 2019 In 2011, two Iranian warships operated by the regular navy, the corvette Arvand and supply ship Kharg, entered the Mediterranean after transiting the Suez Canal. Brian Murphy, Washington Post, "Iran has two naval forces with separate missions and commands. This is why.," 14 June 2019

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First Known Use of corvette

1636, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for corvette

French, from Middle French, probably from Middle Dutch corf, a kind of ship, literally, basket — more at corf

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27 Dec 2019

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“Corvette.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 17 January 2020.

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