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[kech] /kɛtʃ/
noun, Nautical
a sailing vessel rigged fore and aft on two masts, the larger, forward one being the mainmast and the after one, stepped forward of the rudderpost, being the mizzen or jigger.
Compare yawl1 (def 2).
See also schooner (def 1), topsail schooner.
Origin of ketch
1475-85; earlier cache, apparently noun use of cache to catch Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for ketch


a two-masted sailing vessel, fore-and-aft rigged, with a tall mainmast and a mizzen stepped forward of the rudderpost Compare yawl1 (sense 1)
Word Origin
C15 cache, probably from cacchen to hunt; see catch
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Word Origin and History for ketch

kind of small sailing vessel, 1650s, earlier catch (mid-15c.), cache (late 14c.), probably from Middle English cacchen "to capture, ensnare, chase" (see catch). Cf. the sense development in yacht.

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