Definition of caique in English:

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caique

Pronunciation: /ˌkäˈēk/ /kīk/

noun

1A light rowboat used on the Bosporus.
Example sentences
  • The lighter service was handled, at least in part, by caiques and other mostly locally owned small boats whose socio-economic leverage, unlike that of the elite property owners on the sea front, was not great.
  • Would you like to experience Istanbul from a caique?
  • We sent up our luggage and servants by a caique, a long, narrow, flat-bottomed boat, rowed by sculls.
2A small eastern Mediterranean sailing ship.
Example sentences
  • Formerly known as caiques, gulets are beautiful, broad-beamed, hand-built wooden sailing boats, but unfortunately these days the sails are strictly for show.
  • Typically, 12 to 20 rounds were needed to destroy a caique or schooner.
  • In fact only a small convoy of caiques, bearing a single battalion of mountain troops, was headed for Maleme, not Canea.

Origin

Early 17th century: from French caïque, from Italian caicco, from Turkish kayık.

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Syllabification: ca·ique

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