- a single-masted sailing vessel used on the eastern Mediterranean Sea, having a sprit mainsail, a square topsail, and two or more other sails.
- 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
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
The mast of the caique had gone right through one of the windows in the stern.The Vintage
Edward Frederic Benson
- a long narrow light rowing skiff used on the Bosporus
- a sailing vessel of the E Mediterranean with a sprit mainsail, square topsail, and two or more jibs or other sails
C17: from French, from Italian caicco, from Turkish kayik
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