steerage
noun Date: 15th century 1. the act or practice of steering; broadly direction 2. [from its originally being located near the rudder] a section of inferior accommodations in a passenger ship for passengers paying the lowest fares

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  • steerage — mid 15c., “action of steering,” from STEER (Cf. steer) (v.) + AGE (Cf. age). Meaning “part of a ship in front of the chief cabin” is from 1610s; originally where the steering apparatus of the ship was, it retained the name after the… …   Etymology dictionary

  • steerage — ► NOUN 1) historical the part of a ship providing accommodation for passengers with the cheapest tickets. 2) archaic or literary the action of steering a boat …   English terms dictionary

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  • steerage — n. section in a passenger ship 1) to travel steerage 2) in steerage (to cross the ocean in steerage) * * * [ stɪ(ə)rɪdʒ] [ section in a passenger ship ] to travel steerage in steerage (to cross the ocean in steerage) …   Combinatory dictionary

  • steerage — steer|age [ˈstıərıdʒ US ˈstır ] n [U] [Date: 1800 1900; Origin: steerage steering (place) (15 21 centuries); because this part of the ship was next to the rudder] the part of a passenger ship where people who had the cheapest tickets used to… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • steerage — n. 1 the act of steering. 2 the effect of the helm on a ship. 3 archaic the part of a ship allotted to passengers travelling at the cheapest rate. 4 hist. (in a warship) quarters assigned to midshipmen etc. just forward of the wardroom. Phrases… …   Useful english dictionary

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