Frigate meaning

frĭg'ĭt
A high-speed, medium-sized sailing war vessel of the 1600s, 1700s, and 1800s.
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A fast, light vessel, such as a sailboat.
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A fast, medium-sized sailing warship of the 18th and early 19th cent., which carried from 24 to 60 guns.
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A Brit. warship between a corvette and a destroyer.
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(nautical) A modern type of warship, smaller than a destroyer, originally (WWII) introduced as an anti-submarine vessel but now general purpose.
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A warship, usually of 4,000 to 9,000 displacement tons, that is smaller than a destroyer and used primarily for escort duty.
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Origin of frigate

  • French frégate from Italian fregata
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • From French frégate.
    From Wiktionary