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 In March 2010, a North Korean submarine sank a South Korean corvette, killing 46 sailors. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Satellite Images Suggest North Korea Is Training Kamikaze Dolphins," 17 Nov. 2020 In March 2010, one of North Korea’s five Yono boats attacked the South Korean corvette Cheonan, sinking it and killing 46 sailors. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The World’s Most Dangerous Submarines, Ranked," 26 Oct. 2020 Seoul blamed such a vessel for firing a torpedo that sank its corvette Cheonan in 2010, killing 46 -- a claim denied by North Korea. Jon Herskovitz,, "North Korea’s Next Submarine May Make Nuclear Talks Even Harder," 10 May 2020 According to a report by the International Institute for Strategic Studies, China has built more submarines, destroyers, frigates and corvettes since 2000 than Japan, South Korea and India combined. Tim Darnell, ajc, "What is the PLA, and why do feds believe they hacked Equifax?," 10 Feb. 2020 Seoul blamed such a vessel for firing a torpedo that sank its corvette Cheonan in 2010, killing 46 — a claim denied by North Korea. Time, "How a North Korean Nuclear-Armed Submarine Could Make It Even Harder to Strike a Deal," 5 Feb. 2020 Captain Sergei Tronev, the chief of the Russian navy command in the area, said in addition to two submarines moored at the harbor, Tartus now also hosts two missile corvettes, three patrol boats and three supply vessels. Yuras Karmanau, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Naval base in Syria cements Russia’s Mediterranean foothold," 26 Sep. 2019 Liaoning's battle group consists of two Type 052C destroyers, one Type 052D destroyer, two Type 054A frigates, one Type 056A anti-submarine warfare corvette, and one Type 903A supply ship. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "China's Only Aircraft Carrier Engages in a Little Saber-Rattling," 12 Jan. 2017 Joe's passions included recreational/competitive snowmobiling, his many corvettes, dirt bikes, and boating., "Joseph J. Izzo Sr.," 3 Dec. 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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“Corvette.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Mar. 2021.

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