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1. A warship that is smaller than a destroyer and used primarily for escort duty.
2. A high-speed, medium-sized sailing war vessel of the 1600s, 1700s, and 1800s.
3. Obsolete A fast, light vessel, such as a sailboat.
[French frégate, from Italian fregata.]
1. (Nautical Terms) a medium-sized square-rigged warship of the 18th and 19th centuries
2. (Nautical Terms)
a. Brit a warship larger than a corvette and smaller than a destroyer
b. US (formerly) a warship larger than a destroyer and smaller than a cruiser
c. US a small escort vessel
[C16: from French frégate, from Italian fregata, of unknown origin]
1. a fast naval vessel of the late 18th and early 19th centuries, generally having a lofty ship rig and being heavily armed on one or two decks.
2. a modern warship.
[1575–85; < Middle French frégate < Italian fregata, Sicilian fragata]
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|Noun||1.||frigate - a medium size square-rigged warship of the 18th and 19th centuries|
|2.||frigate - a United States warship larger than a destroyer and smaller than a cruiser|
guided missile frigate - a frigate that carries guided missiles