Carrack definition

kărək
A large galleon used in the 1300s, 1400s, and 1500s.
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(now historical) A large European sailing vessel of the 14th to 17th centuries similar to a caravel but square-rigged on the foremast and mainmast and lateen-rigged on the mizzenmast.
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Alternative Forms

Alternative Form of carrack - carack, carac, carrick

Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
carrack
Plural:
carracks

Origin of carrack

  • Middle English carike from Medieval Latin carrica and from Old French caraque (from Old Spanish carraca) both from Arabic qarāqīr pl. of qurqūr from Greek kerkouros fast light vessel

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From French caraque (compare Spanish and Portuguese carraca, Italian caracca), from Latin carraca, from Latin carrus (“wagon”); or perhaps from Arabic.

    From Wiktionary