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destroyer escort

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noun
  1. a warship somewhat smaller than a destroyer, designed especially for antisubmarine action. Abbreviation: DE

Origin of destroyer escort

First recorded in 1940–45
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British Dictionary definitions for destroyer escort

destroyer escort

noun
  1. a lightly armed warship smaller than a destroyer, designed to escort fleets or convoys
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