Definition of carrack in English:

carrack

Syllabification: car·rack
Pronunciation: /ˈkarək
 
/

noun

A large merchant ship of a kind operating in European waters in the 14th to the 17th century.
More example sentences
  • 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.

Origin

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

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