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The name of the naval vessel is shortened from torpedo boat destroyer, the longer term appearing at the end of the 19th century and the shorter form early in the 20th.
- Rhymes: -ɔɪə(ɹ)
destroyer (plural destroyers)
- That which destroys something.
- (military) A small, fast warship with light armament, smaller than a cruiser, but bigger than a frigate.
that who/which destroys
type of warship
destroyer m (plural destroyers)
- “destroyer” in Trésor de la langue française informatisé (The Digitized Treasury of the French Language).
- Hyphenation: des‧tro‧yer