corvette

noun
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, one of North Korea’s five Yono boats attacked the South Korean corvette Cheonan, sinking it and killing 46 sailors. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, 5 Apr. 2022 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, 5 Apr. 2022 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, 5 Apr. 2022 The median vessel is a corvette displacing just 1,000 tons. David Axe, Forbes, 21 Dec. 2021 With its modest fuel capacity and marginal seakeeping, a PLAN corvette isn’t suitable for long-range operations. David Axe, Forbes, 8 Nov. 2021 One involved a Polish warship following the exact same track, speed, and course as a Swedish corvette five days earlier, another indication for Bergman that the tracks are digitally generated. Mark Harris, Wired, 29 July 2021 Although not part of Liaoning’s strike group, the Type 056A corvette is the remaining key pillar of PLAN naval power. Sebastien Roblin, Forbes, 20 Apr. 2021 The Ukrainian defense ministry also has licensed a Turkish design for a 327-foot corvette. David Axe, Forbes, 19 Mar. 2021 See More

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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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7 May 2022

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“Corvette.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/corvette. Accessed 21 May. 2022.

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