ketch

noun \ ˈkech \

Definition of ketch

: a fore-and-aft rigged vessel similar to a yawl but with a larger mizzen sail and with the mizzenmast stepped farther forward

Recent Examples of ketch from the Web

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'ketch.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

Illustration of ketch

illustration of ketch

Origin and Etymology of ketch

alteration of catch, from Middle English cache

Other Nautical Terms


KETCH Defined for English Language Learners

ketch

Definition of ketch for English Language Learners

  • : a type of sailboat that has two masts


KETCH Defined for Kids

ketch

noun \ ˈkech \

Definition of ketch for Students

: a fore-and-aft rigged ship with two masts

Learn More about ketch


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up ketch? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

having an air of easy unconcern

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

The Eponym Quiz

  • rubens-painting
  • Which is the best synonym of bowdlerize?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!