- a fast naval vessel of the late 18th and early 19th centuries, generally having a lofty ship rig and heavily armed on one or two decks.
- any of various types of modern naval vessels ranging in size from a destroyer escort to a cruiser, frequently armed with guided missiles and used for aircraft carrier escort duty, shore bombardment, and miscellaneous combat functions.
Origin of frigate
Examples from the Web for frigate
In March 2010 a North Korean submarine, without cause, torpedoed the Cheonan, a South Korean frigate.North Korea Threatens War, and South Korea Wants Revenge
Gordon G. Chang
April 11, 2013
While in the hospital, the frigate made a cruise, leaving me ashore.
Our three chaps were Englishmen, and I make no doubt belonged to the frigate, as stated.
The vessel was built of teak, and had been a frigate in the Portuguese service.
The same morning, an English frigate and a sloop-of-war came in and anchored.
This ship was a vessel of the size of a frigate, and carried twelve guns.
- a medium-sized square-rigged warship of the 18th and 19th centuries
- Britisha warship larger than a corvette and smaller than a destroyer
- US(formerly) a warship larger than a destroyer and smaller than a cruiser
- USa small escort vessel
Word Origin and History for frigate
1580s, from Middle French frégate (1520s), from Italian fregata (Neapolitan fregate), like many ship names, of unknown origin. Originally a small, swift vessel; the word was applied to progressively larger types over the years, but since 1943 it is used mainly of escort ships.