- a small Spanish or Portuguese sailing vessel of the Middle Ages and later, usually lateen-rigged on two or three masts.
Origin of caravel
Examples from the Web for caravel
Now they lower something in black over the side of the first caravel.The Rock of Chickamauga
Joseph A. Altsheler
In spite of his seamanship, the caravel was wrecked on the island of Cuba.South American Fights and Fighters
Cyrus Townsend Brady
Don Diego was seized, thrown into irons, and confined on board a caravel.
They insisted on embarking in the caravel and following Columbus.
Every caravel that came from the New World brought two things.Christopher Columbus, Complete
- a two- or three-masted sailing ship, esp one with a broad beam, high poop deck, and lateen rig that was used by the Spanish and Portuguese in the 15th and 16th centuries
Word Origin and History for caravel
1520s, from Middle French caravelle (15c.), from Spanish carabela or Portuguese caravela, diminutive of caravo "small vessel," from Late Latin carabus "small wicker boat covered with leather," from Greek karabos, literally "beetle, lobster" (see scarab). Earlier form carvel (early 15c.) survives in carvel-built (adj.).