Definition of carrack in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈkarək


A large merchant ship of a kind operating in European waters from the 14th to the 17th century.
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  • The Italian city-states kept squadrons of galleys and adapted carracks (merchant ships) to defend their ports against the Ottoman Turks.
  • Bigger ships known as carracks, mixing square and lateen sails and weighing up to 1000 tons, could sail further and carry more merchandise than ever before.
  • It was, after all, fifteenth century Portuguese carracks loaded to the gunnels with soldiers and guns on the way out and booty heading back that started the whole trend.


late Middle English: from Old French caraque; perhaps from Spanish carraca, from Arabic, perhaps from qarāqir, plural of qurqūra, a type of merchant ship.

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