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corvette

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BrE BrE//kɔːˈvet//
 
; NAmE NAmE//kɔːrˈvet//
 
Types of boats and ships
 
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a small fast ship used in war to protect other ships from attack See related entries: Types of boats and ships Word Origin mid 17th cent.: from French, from Dutch korf, denoting a kind of ship, + the diminutive suffix -ette.

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