Definition of caique in English:


Line breaks: ca¦ique
Pronunciation: /kʌɪˈiːk
, kɑː-/


  • 1A light rowing boat used on the Bosporus.
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    • 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.
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    • 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.


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

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