\ ˈkech How to pronounce ketch (audio) \

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

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This year's fleet ranges from British businessman Sir Peter Harrison's 115ft ketch Sojana and superfast Volvo 70 Warrior to 20ft open keel boats. Rob Hodgetts, CNN, "Antigua Sailing Week: Serious sailing, serious fun," 27 Apr. 2018 Instead, Veterans For Peace and other volunteers spent five years restoring the wooden-hull ketch. Jeanette Steele,, "'Peace boat' sails into San Diego Bay to protest Fleet Week parade," 13 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of ketch

circa 1649, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for ketch

alteration of catch, from Middle English cache

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English Language Learners Definition of ketch

: a type of sailboat that has two masts


\ ˈkech How to pronounce ketch (audio) \

Kids Definition of ketch

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

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