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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.
destroyer (plural destroyers)
- That which destroys something.
- (military, historical) A small, fast warship with light gun armament, smaller than a cruiser, but bigger than a frigate.
- (military) A larger warship with guided missile armament, usually intended for air defence or anti-ship roles. Often, but not always, larger than a frigate and smaller than a cruiser.
that who/which destroys
type of warship
destroyer m (plural destroyers)
- “destroyer”, in Trésor de la langue française informatisé [Digitized Treasury of the French Language], 2012.
- Hyphenation: des‧tro‧yer