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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

1575–85; < Middle French frégate < Italian fregata, Sicilian fragata (> Spanish, Catalan, Pg); of obscure origin
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  • While in the hospital, the frigate made a cruise, leaving me ashore.

    Ned Myers

    James Fenimore Cooper

  • Our three chaps were Englishmen, and I make no doubt belonged to the frigate, as stated.

    Ned Myers

    James Fenimore Cooper

  • The vessel was built of teak, and had been a frigate in the Portuguese service.

    Ned Myers

    James Fenimore Cooper

  • The same morning, an English frigate and a sloop-of-war came in and anchored.

    Ned Myers

    James Fenimore Cooper

  • This ship was a vessel of the size of a frigate, and carried twelve guns.

    Ned Myers

    James Fenimore Cooper


British Dictionary definitions for frigate

frigate

noun
  1. a medium-sized square-rigged warship of the 18th and 19th centuries
    1. Britisha warship larger than a corvette and smaller than a destroyer
    2. US(formerly) a warship larger than a destroyer and smaller than a cruiser
    3. USa small escort vessel
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Word Origin

C16: from French frégate, from Italian fregata, of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for frigate

n.

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.

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