[ dih-stroi-er ]
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  1. a person or thing that destroys.

  2. a fast, relatively small, warship armed mainly with 5-inch (13-centimeter) guns.

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Origin of destroyer

First recorded in 1350–1400; Middle English destroiere (compare Old French destruiere ); see destroy, -er1

Other words from destroyer

  • self-de·stroy·er, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for destroyer


/ (dɪˈstrɔɪə) /

  1. a small fast lightly armoured but heavily armed warship

  2. a person or thing that destroys

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