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 Reporters on a trip to Syria organized by the Russian Defense Ministry could see a missile corvette sailing off on patrol and a group of navy divers practicing at the Tartus harbor. Yuras Karmanau, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Naval base in Syria cements Russia’s Mediterranean foothold," 26 Sep. 2019 The bulk of Beijing’s Navy includes 23 destroyers, 59 frigates, and 37 corvettes, or a total of 119 surface ships. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "China Now Has More Warships Than the U.S.," 20 May 2019 More recently, Lewis has enjoyed spending time with his wife Joanne boating, driving the corvette, tailgating at UConn football games, and vacationing in Cape Cod., "Lewis I. Davidson," 19 Aug. 2019 The corvette-sized vessels, from 200 to 300 feet long, will operate autonomously at sea without a single human onboard. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The U.S. Navy Wants To Build a “Ghost Fleet” of Drone Warships," 14 Mar. 2019 In 2011, two Iranian warships operated by the regular navy, the corvette Arvand and supply ship Kharg, entered the Mediterranean after transiting the Suez Canal. Brian Murphy, Washington Post, "Iran has two naval forces with separate missions and commands. This is why.," 14 June 2019 At 300 warship hulls, the PLAN is the largest navy in the world, counting aircraft carriers, cruisers, destroyers, frigates, corvettes, submarines, and amphibious assault ships. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "China Now Has More Warships Than the U.S.," 20 May 2019 That includes construction of a new naval base and a $5.4 billion deal with Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri SpA in 2016 to build new corvettes and other warships. Jared Malsin, WSJ, "Qatar Builds Up Military, Spurred by Saudi-Led Blockade," 29 Nov. 2018 In 2010, the South Korean corvette Cheonan was ambushed and sunk by a North Korean midget sub firing a torpedo. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Iran Shows off Unusual Ship-Killing Torpedo/Missile Combination," 28 Feb. 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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