corvette

noun

cor·​vette kȯr-ˈvet How to pronounce corvette (audio)
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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The auction would include two storied photos of Didion with her white corvette. Mattie Kahn, Town & Country, 18 Nov. 2022 Last month, Turkey delivered a new corvette to the Ukrainian navy in a ceremony attended by Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksii Reznikov and first lady Olena Zelensky. Jared Malsin, WSJ, 5 Nov. 2022 The Danish Defense Command said that a Russian corvette sailed into Denmark’s territorial waters north of the island of Christiansø. Amy Cheng, Washington Post, 18 June 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 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 See More

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

1636, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of corvette was in 1636

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“Corvette.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/corvette. Accessed 6 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

corvette

noun

cor·​vette kȯr-ˈvet How to pronounce corvette (audio)
1
: an armed naval sailing ship
2
: an armed escort ship that is small and fast

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