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

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That includes construction of a new naval base and a $5.4 billion deal with Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri SpA in 2016 to build new corvettes and other warships. Jared Malsin, WSJ, "Qatar Builds Up Military, Spurred by Saudi-Led Blockade," 29 Nov. 2018 In 2010, the South Korean corvette Cheonan was ambushed and sunk by a North Korean midget sub firing a torpedo. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Iran Shows off Unusual Ship-Killing Torpedo/Missile Combination," 28 Feb. 2019 Those fleets include at least 12 corvettes (small warships) and ten submarines--including four attack submarines and six ballistic missile submarines. Matt Sussis And Yingjie Gu, USA TODAY, "Navy’s planned shipbuilding spree overlooks looming sailor shortage," 29 June 2018 Several Chinese frigates and corvettes closely tailed our passage around Mischief, Subi and Fiery Cross Reefs. Jonas Parello-plesner, WSJ, "The French Navy Stands Up to China," 7 June 2018 He is widely believed to have masterminded the attack on a South Korean naval corvette, the Cheonan, in 2010, leading to the deaths of 46 sailors. Anna Fifield, Anchorage Daily News, "Top North Korean official believed to be on his way to the U.S. for meetings," 29 May 2018 Smaller than a navy frigate or corvette, they're often used to patrol distant territories, fisheries protection, and search and rescue. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Watch This Navy Ship Take on a Truly Gigantic Wave," 9 June 2016 The Type 056 Jiangdao class is a general-purpose corvette, armed with light weapons, designed for offshore patrol duties. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Satellite Photos Reveal Gigantic Chinese Fleet of More Than 40 Ships," 29 Mar. 2018 Kim is widely accused of masterminding two deadly attacks in 2010: a torpedo attack on the Cheonan naval corvette, which killed 46 South Korean sailors, and the shelling of an island, which killed four people. Anna Fifield, Washington Post, "As Winter Games close, North Korea says it is willing to talk to the U.S., according to Seoul," 25 Feb. 2018

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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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