Frigate definition

frĭgĭt
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(archaic) A fast, light vessel, such as a sailboat.
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A high-speed, medium-sized sailing war vessel of the 1600s, 1700s, and 1800s.
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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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Until 1975, a U.S. warship larger than a destroyer and smaller than a light cruiser.
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Since 1975, a U.S. warship smaller than a destroyer, used chiefly for escort duty.
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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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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
frigate
Plural:
frigates

Origin of frigate

  • French frégate from Italian fregata

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

  • From French frégate.

    From Wiktionary