Ketch



[kech] /kɛtʃ/

noun, Nautical.
1.
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.
/kɛtʃ/
noun
1.
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)
n.

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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