Definition of ketch in English:
A two-masted, fore-and-aft-rigged sailboat with a mizzenmast stepped forward of the rudder and smaller than the foremast.
- A motorsailer ketch can be sailed or powered by its motor.
- Contact had been lost with the yacht on September 6, but sweeps of the sea failed to spot the crew or the ketch, a converted fishing boat, which is believed to have sunk.
- For those born and bred on the coast, rushing seas are de rigueur, and they think nothing of a squall that puts their ketch over to port 45 degrees.
mid 17th century: later form of obsolete catch, probably from catch.
Definition of ketch in:
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