corvette

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

Borrowing from French corvette.

Noun[edit]

corvette (plural corvettes)

  1. (nautical, historical) A flush-decked warship of the 17th-18th centuries having a single tier of guns; it ranked next below a frigate; -- called in the United States navy a sloop of war.
  2. (nautical) In a modern navy, a lightly armed and armoured blue water warship, smaller than a frigate, capable of transoceanic duty.

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle Dutch korf, korver (a kind of ship), or Middle Low German korf (a kind of ship and basket), +‎ -ette. Possibly ultimately connected to Latin corbita (navis), "slow-sailing ship of burden, grain ship," which is from corbis.

Noun[edit]

corvette f (plural corvettes)

  1. corvette

Italian[edit]

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corvette f

  1. plural form of corvetta