Definition of binnacle
: a housing for a ship's compass and a lamp
Origin of binnacle
alteration of Middle English bitakle, from Old Portuguese or Old Spanish; Old Portuguese bitácola & Old Spanish bitácula, from Latin habitaculum dwelling place, from habitare to inhabit — more at habitation
First Known Use: 1762
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