Definition of frigate noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈfrɪɡət//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈfrɪɡət//
Types of boats and ships, The navy
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a small fast ship in the navy that travels with other ships in order to protect them See related entries: Types of boats and ships, The navy Word Originlate 16th cent. (denoting ‘a light, fast boat which was rowed or sailed’): from French frégate, from Italian fregata, of unknown origin.
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