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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In the past six months, U.S. customers bought about three times as many Cadillac Escalades and double the number of Corvettes—both paragons of a niche vehicle.
Come early to enjoy the collection of classic cars including Mustangs and Corvettes.
Besides owning two Corvettes, Winkler also is a collector of classic cars.
The Volt comes in at $39,995 before any state or federal incentives, while the Corvette starts at just over 50 large.
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Origin and Etymology of corvette
French, from Middle French, probably from Middle Dutch corf, a kind of ship, literally, basket — more at corf
First Known Use: 1636
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