Dictionary.com

caravel

[ kar-uh-vel ]
/ ˈkær əˌvɛl /
Save This Word!

noun
a small Spanish or Portuguese sailing vessel of the Middle Ages and later, usually lateen-rigged on two or three masts.
QUIZ
SPRINT TO THE FINISH WITH THIS OLYMPICS QUIZ!
Compete in our Olympics quiz to see if you can take home the gold medal in Olympics knowledge.
Question 1 of 10
Where was the Olympics first held?
Meet Grammar CoachWrite or paste your essay, email, or story into Grammar Coach and get grammar helpImprove Your Writing
Meet Grammar CoachImprove Your Writing
Write or paste your essay, email, or story into Grammar Coach and get grammar help
Also carvel.

Origin of caravel

1520–30; <Middle French car(a)velle<Portuguese caravela, equivalent to cárav(o) kind of ship (<Late Latin carabus a small wicker boat <Greek kárabos skiff, crayfish) + -ela diminutive suffix
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2021

How to use caravel in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for caravel

caravel

carvel

/ (ˈkærəˌvɛl) /

noun
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 for caravel

C16: from Portuguese caravela, diminutive of caravo ship, ultimately from Greek karabos crab, horned beetle
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
FEEDBACK