- 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.
Origin of frigate
Examples from the Web for frigate
Contemporary Examples of 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
Historical Examples of frigate
While in the hospital, the frigate made a cruise, leaving me ashore.
Our three chaps were Englishmen, and I make no doubt belonged to the frigate, as stated.
The vessel was built of teak, and had been a frigate in the Portuguese service.
The same morning, an English frigate and a sloop-of-war came in and anchored.
This ship was a vessel of the size of a frigate, and carried twelve guns.
- a medium-sized square-rigged warship of the 18th and 19th centuries
- Britisha warship larger than a corvette and smaller than a destroyer
- US(formerly) a warship larger than a destroyer and smaller than a cruiser
- USa 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.