Definition of lutchet in English:



  • A fitting on the deck of a barge or wherry to which the foot of the mast is fixed, allowing the mast to be lowered by pivoting when passing under bridges.

    • ‘Presently being fitted out in Goole, the Lutchet and Mast Beam is now in place although the first sailing date is a long way off in the future.’
    • ‘The single mast was stepped in a lutchet, braced to the main beam at deck level by shrouds, and secured at the keelson.’


Early 19th century: perhaps from the northern English dialect verb lutch ‘lift’, or an alteration of latchet.