- a fast, medium-sized sailing warship of the 18th and early 19th cent., which carried from 24 to 60 guns
- a Brit. warship between a corvette and a destroyer
- until 1975, a U.S. warship larger than a destroyer and smaller than a light cruiser
- since 1975, a U.S. warship smaller than a destroyer, used chiefly for escort duty
Origin of frigateFrench frégate ; from Italian fregata
- A warship, usually of 4,000 to 9,000 displacement tons, that is smaller than a destroyer and used primarily for escort duty.
- A high-speed, medium-sized sailing war vessel of the 1600s, 1700s, and 1800s.
- Archaic A fast, light vessel, such as a sailboat.
Origin of frigateFrench frégate, from Italian fregata.
- (nautical) A modern type of warship, smaller than a destroyer, originally (WWII) introduced as an anti-submarine vessel but now general purpose.
From French frégate.