a warship somewhat smaller than a destroyer, designed especially for antisubmarine action. Abbreviation: DE
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Origin of destroyer escort
First recorded in 1940–45
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British Dictionary definitions for destroyer escort
a lightly armed warship smaller than a destroyer, designed to escort fleets or convoys
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