frigate

[ frig-it ]
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noun
  1. a fast naval vessel of the late 18th and early 19th centuries, generally having a lofty ship rig and heavily armed on one or two decks.

  2. any of various types of modern naval vessels ranging in size from a destroyer escort to a cruiser, frequently armed with guided missiles and used for aircraft carrier escort duty, shore bombardment, and miscellaneous combat functions.

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Origin of frigate

1
1575–85; <Middle French frégate<Italian fregata,Sicilian fragata (>Spanish, Catalan, Pg); of obscure origin

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British Dictionary definitions for frigate

frigate

/ (ˈfrɪɡɪt) /


noun
  1. a medium-sized square-rigged warship of the 18th and 19th centuries

    • 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

Origin of frigate

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C16: from French frégate, from Italian fregata, of unknown origin

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