The Chevrolet Corvette is America’s one true supercar competitor and one of its most famous badges, but what does its name mean?
The Chevrolet Corvette is named after the smallest class of warship. Being the smallest, it’s also the most manoeuvrable and nimble warship. Typically corvettes are used in coastal patrols and for fast attacks on enemies.
According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, corvette comes from Middle French and Middle Dutch word corf, which is both a type of ship, but also a basket. Corf is still (kinda) in use today in Britain, and refers to a wagon or basket used in mines.
Corf is said to derive from the Latin word corbis, which means basket.