- a two- or three-masted sailing ship, esp one with a broad beam, high poop deck, and lateen rig that was used by the Spanish and Portuguese in the 15th and 16th centuries
WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2019
- Nautical, Naval Termsa small Spanish or Portuguese sailing vessel of the Middle Ages and later, usually lateen-rigged on two or three masts.
- Greek kárabos skiff, crayfish) + -ela diminutive suffix
- Late Latin carabus a small wicker boat
- Portuguese caravela, equivalent. to cárav(o) kind of ship (
- Middle French car(a)velle