- 1A warship with a mixed armament, generally lighter than a destroyer (in the US navy, heavier) and of a kind originally introduced for convoy escort work.More example sentences
- Predominantly it was the destroyers and frigates of the Navy that served.
- The Seahawk is operational on US Navy frigates, destroyers and guided missile cruisers.
- At sea, he served in a battleship, an aircraft carrier, in cruisers, destroyers, frigates, and a minesweeper.
- 1.1 • historical A sailing warship of a size and armament just below that of a ship of the line.More example sentences
- By 1780 there were 86 frigates and 79 ships of the line in French service, and the annual cost of the navy almost quadrupled between 1776 and 1783.
- In the days of the old sailing frigates, this was the announcement of an impending attack!
- ‘Sir, we board small frigates and pirate ships, not super-sized battleships.’
late 16th century (denoting a light, fast boat which was rowed or sailed): from French frégate, from Italian fregata, of unknown origin.
More definitions of frigateDefinition of frigate in:
- The US English dictionary