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or car·ack

[ kar-uh k ]
/ ˈkær ək /


a merchant vessel having various rigs, used especially by Mediterranean countries in the 15th and 16th centuries; galleon.

Nearby words

carpostome, carpsucker, carpus, carr, carracci, carrack, carrageen, carrageenan, carrantuohill, carranza, carranza, venustiano

Origin of carrack

1350–1400; Middle English carrake < Middle French carraque < Spanish carraca, perhaps back formation from Arabic qarāqīr (plural of qurqūr ship of burden < Greek kérkouros), the -īr being taken as plural ending Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for carrack


/ (ˈkærək) /


a galleon sailed in the Mediterranean as a merchantman in the 15th and 16th centuries

Word Origin for carrack

C14: from Old French caraque, from Old Spanish carraca, from Arabic qarāqīr merchant ships
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Word Origin and History for carrack



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."

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