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caïque

or ca·ique

[kah-eek]
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noun
  1. a single-masted sailing vessel used on the eastern Mediterranean Sea, having a sprit mainsail, a square topsail, and two or more other sails.
  2. a long, narrow rowboat used on the Bosporus.

Origin of caïque

1615–25; < French < Italian caicco < Turkish kayιk; replacing caik < Turkish kayιk
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Examples from the Web for caique

Historical Examples

  • He went down the ladder by the side of the boat, and was pulled away in a caique.

    An Old Meerschaum

    David Christie Murray

  • I have seen it so before; and where would you be with your caique then, Monsieur Soyer?

  • On reaching the landing-place not a caique was to be had, the weather was so bad they could not cross.

  • They went down, got into the caique, and were taken by the turmoil of the Golden Horn.

    In the Wilderness

    Robert Hichens

  • The mast of the caique had gone right through one of the windows in the stern.

    The Vintage

    Edward Frederic Benson


British Dictionary definitions for caique

caïque

noun
  1. a long narrow light rowing skiff used on the Bosporus
  2. a sailing vessel of the E Mediterranean with a sprit mainsail, square topsail, and two or more jibs or other sails

Word Origin

C17: from French, from Italian caicco, from Turkish kayik
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