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noun \ˈkech\

Definition of ketch

  1. :  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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Origin and Etymology of ketch

alteration of catch, from Middle English cache


First Known Use: circa 1649

Other Nautical Terms


KETCH Defined for English Language Learners

ketch

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noun \ˈkech\

Definition of ketch for English Language Learners

  • : a type of sailboat that has two masts


KETCH Defined for Kids

ketch

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noun \ˈkech\

Definition of ketch for Students

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


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