Meaning of corvette

cor•vette

Pronunciation: (kôr-vet'), [key]
— n.
  1. a warship of the old sailing class, having a flush deck and usually one tier of guns.
  2. a lightly armed, fast ship used mostly for convoy escort and ranging in size between a destroyer and a gunboat.
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