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corvette

[ kawr-vet ]
/ kɔrˈvɛt /
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noun
a warship of the old sailing class, having a flush deck and usually one tier of guns.
a lightly armed, fast ship used mostly for convoy escort and ranging in size between a destroyer and a gunboat.

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Also cor·vet [kawr-vet, kawr-vet]. /kɔrˈvɛt, ˈkɔr vɛt/.

Origin of corvette

1630–40; <French, Middle French <Middle Dutch corver pursuit boat (derivative of corf fishing boat, literally, basket), with suffix altered to -ette-ette
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British Dictionary definitions for corvette

corvette
/ (kɔːˈvɛt) /

noun
a lightly armed escort warship

Word Origin for corvette

C17: from Old French, perhaps from Middle Dutch corf basket, small ship, from Latin corbis basket
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