ketch

[ kech ]
/ kɛtʃ /

noun Nautical.

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.

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Origin of ketch

1475–85; earlier cache, apparently noun use of cache to catch
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ketch
/ (kɛtʃ) /

noun

a two-masted sailing vessel, fore-and-aft rigged, with a tall mainmast and a mizzen stepped forward of the rudderpostCompare yawl 1 (def. 1)

Word Origin for ketch

C15 cache, probably from cacchen to hunt; see catch
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