- a merchant vessel having various rigs, used especially by Mediterranean countries in the 15th and 16th centuries; galleon.
Origin of carrack
Examples from the Web for carack
Had he not scuttled a Spanish carack four years ago in the bay of Funchal?
Grief-stricken his corsairs bore him back aboard the carack.
She proposed that Brian take one carack and she the other, but at this Brian laughed.Nuala O'Malley
A little before night the carack put to sea, when we also weighed and made sail after her.
But, of 700 who sailed in the carack, there came not above 250 to Goa, as we were afterwards credibly informed.
- a galleon sailed in the Mediterranean as a merchantman in the 15th and 16th centuries
Word Origin and History for carack
merchant ship, late 14c., from Old French caraque "large, square-rigged sailing vessel," from Spanish carraca, related to Medieval Latin carraca, Italian caracca, all of uncertain origin, perhaps from Arabic qaraqir, plural of qurqur "merchant ship." The Arabic word perhaps was from Latin carricare (see charge (v.)) or Greek karkouros "boat, pinnacle."