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[kawr-vet] /kɔrˈvɛt/

a warship of the old sailing class, having a flush deck and usually one tier of guns.
a lightly armed, fast ship used mostly for convoy escort and ranging in size between a destroyer and a gunboat.
a lightly armed escort warship

1630s, also corvet, from French corvette “small, fast frigate” (15c.), perhaps from Middle Dutch korver “pursuit ship,” or Middle Low German korf meaning both a kind of boat and a basket, or from Latin corbita (navis) “slow-sailing ship of burden, grain ship” from corbis “basket” (Gamillscheg is against this). The U.S. sports car was so named September 1952, after the warship, on a suggestion by Myron Scott, employee of Campbell-Ewald, Chevrolet’s advertising agency. Italian corvetta, Spanish corbeta are French loan-words.


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