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destroyer

[ dih-stroi-er ]
/ dɪˈstrɔɪ ər /
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noun
a person or thing that destroys.
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

destroyer
/ (dɪˈstrɔɪə) /

noun
a small fast lightly armoured but heavily armed warship
a person or thing that destroys
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