- a merchant vessel having various rigs, used especially by Mediterranean countries in the 15th and 16th centuries; galleon.
Origin of carrack
Examples from the Web for carrack
Francisco and his bible are no more credible than the carrack and the bishop.The Pirate and The Three Cutters
In the sixteenth century the carrack often attained the size of 1,600 tons.
In 1602 a Portuguese carrack of 1,600 tons was captured at Cezimbra.
In 1594 a Spanish carrack was destroyed which had 1,100 men on board.
"So I thought," pursued Mr. Carrack, rolling his eyes and heaving an infant sigh from his bosom.Chanticleer
- a galleon sailed in the Mediterranean as a merchantman in the 15th and 16th centuries
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."