noun cor·vette \kȯr-ˈvet\

Definition of corvette

  1. 1 :  a warship ranking in the old sailing navies next below a frigate

  2. 2 :  a highly maneuverable armed escort ship that is smaller than a destroyer

Origin and Etymology of corvette

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

First Known Use: 1636

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