Origin of frigate
Examples from the Web for frigate
In March 2010 a North Korean submarine, without cause, torpedoed the Cheonan, a South Korean frigate.North Korea Threatens War, and South Korea Wants Revenge|Gordon G. Chang|April 11, 2013|DAILY BEAST
The others were the frigate "Endymion" of fifty guns, and the "Pomone" and the "Tenedos," of forty-four each.The Boys of 1812 and Other Naval Heroes|James Russell Soley
Looking at the land from aboard the frigate, I never should have thought it was such an outlandish sort of a country.Ronald Morton, or the Fire Ships|W.H.G. Kingston
There the Court Martial met on board of a frigate named the Kent.The History of England from the Accession of James II.|Thomas Babington Macaulay
She was from an English frigate, which lay screened by a point of woods, and had come in for water.
His largest war ship was the Long Serpent, supposed to be of the size of a frigate of forty-five guns.
British Dictionary definitions for frigate
- British a warship larger than a corvette and smaller than a destroyer
- US (formerly) a warship larger than a destroyer and smaller than a cruiser
- US a small escort vessel
Word Origin for frigate
Word Origin and History for frigate
1580s, from Middle French frégate (1520s), from Italian fregata (Neapolitan fregate), like many ship names, of unknown origin. Originally a small, swift vessel; the word was applied to progressively larger types over the years, but since 1943 it is used mainly of escort ships.