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ˈkær əˌvɛlcar·avel

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  1. caravel(Noun)

    A light, usually lateen-rigged sailing ship used by the Portuguese, as well as Spanish, for about 300 years, beginning in the fifteenth century, first for trade and later for voyages of exploration

Webster Dictionary

  1. Caravel(noun)

    a name given to several kinds of vessels

  2. Caravel(noun)

    the caravel of the 16th century was a small vessel with broad bows, high, narrow poop, four masts, and lateen sails. Columbus commanded three caravels on his great voyage

  3. Caravel(noun)

    a Portuguese vessel of 100 or 150 tons burden

  4. Caravel(noun)

    a small fishing boat used on the French coast

  5. Caravel(noun)

    a Turkish man-of-war

  6. Origin: [F. caravelle (cf. It. caravella, Sp. carabela), fr. Sp. caraba a kind of vessel, fr. L. carabus a kind of light boat, fr. Gr. ka`rabos a kind of light ship, NGr. kara`bi ship, vessel.]


  1. Caravel

    A caravel is a small, highly maneuverable sailing ship developed in the 15th century by the Portuguese to explore along the West African coast and into the Atlantic Ocean. The lateen sails gave her speed and the capacity for sailing to windward. Caravels were much used by the Portuguese for the oceanic exploration voyages during the 15th and 16th centuries in the age of discovery.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Caravel

    kar′av-el, n. a kind of light sailing-vessel. [Fr.,—It. caravelia; cf. Low L. carabus, Gr. karabos, a bark.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. caravel

    A Portuguese despatch boat, lateen-rigged, formerly in use; it had square sails only on the fore-mast, though dignified as a caravela.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of caravel in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of caravel in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

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