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.
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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How to use frigate in a sentence
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 | THE DAILY BEAST
The Portuguese frigate Cine captured by the Algerines, after a smart action.The Every Day Book of History and Chronology | Joel Munsell
Desperate engagement between an Algerine cruiser of 18 guns, well manned, and a Corsican frigate of 26 nine and twelve pounders.The Every Day Book of History and Chronology | Joel Munsell
He therefore fitted five out of near thirty small prizes to accompany him, and built a galley frigate to land with.Journal of a Voyage to Brazil | Maria Graham
Governor Letcher of Virginia ordered that this ship be raised and be converted into an effective, usable frigate.Hallowed Heritage: The Life of Virginia | Dorothy M. Torpey
There is good reason to believe that we have taken the Iphigenie, a French frigate.Private Letters of Edward Gibbon (1753-1794) Volume 1 (of 2) | Edward Gibbon
British Dictionary definitions for frigate
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
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