\ ˈdek \

Definition of deck 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a platform in a ship serving usually as a structural element and forming the floor for its compartments

2 : something resembling the deck of a ship: such as

a : a story or tier of a building (such as a sports stadium) the upper deck

b : the roadway of a bridge

c : a flat floored roofless area adjoining a house

d : the lid of the compartment at the rear of the body of an automobile also : the compartment

e : a layer of clouds

3a : a pack of playing cards

b : a packet of narcotics

4 : tape deck

on deck

1 : ready for duty

2 : next in line : next in turn



Definition of deck (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 obsolete : cover

2a : to clothe in a striking or elegant manner : array decked out in furs

b : decorate deck the halls with boughs of hollyEnglish carol

c : to portray or present with embellishments

3 [ 1deck ] : to furnish with or as if with a deck

4 [ 1deck ] : to knock down forcibly : floor decked him with one punch

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adorn, decorate, ornament, embellish, beautify, deck, garnish mean to enhance the appearance of something by adding something unessential. adorn implies an enhancing by something beautiful in itself. a diamond necklace adorned her neck decorate suggests relieving plainness or monotony by adding beauty of color or design. decorate a birthday cake ornament and embellish imply the adding of something extraneous, ornament stressing the heightening or setting off of the original a white house ornamented with green shutters , embellish often stressing the adding of superfluous or adventitious ornament. embellish a page with floral borders beautify adds to embellish a suggestion of counterbalancing plainness or ugliness. will beautify the grounds with flower beds deck implies the addition of something that contributes to gaiety, splendor, or showiness. a house all decked out for Christmas garnish suggests decorating with a small final touch and is used especially in referring to the serving of food. an entrée garnished with parsley

Examples of deck in a Sentence


We stood on the deck and watched dolphins swim near the ship. A number of passengers had come on deck. a seat on the streetcar's top deck a cabin on B deck We sat in the lower deck. We ate out on the deck.


We spent hours decking the chapel with flowers before the wedding. He decked him with one punch.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Brian Dozier, who sent home Wilson with a hit of his own in the fourth, was the first of two to drive offerings from Royals reliever Enny Romero into Target Field’s upper decks in the sixth inning. Maria Torres, kansascity, "Unable to keep early lead vs. Twins, Royals drop another series," 11 July 2018 The upper deck seats would only stretch as far as the bases. Jenna West,, "PHOTOS: Tampa Bay Rays Unveil Plans for New Stadium With Roof, Sliding Glass Walls," 10 July 2018 Wagner said the Panthers explored removing seats from the corners of the upper decks to create standing-room viewing platforms. Steve Harrison, charlotteobserver, "NFL stadiums are more luxurious than ever. Here's how the Panthers could keep up.," 5 July 2018 With a two-run lead and two runners on base in the fifth inning, Adam Duvall launched a no-doubt-about-it three-run homer to the upper deck in left field. Bobby Nightengale,, "Yoan Moncada's 3-run triple drops the Cincinnati Reds in 12-inning slugfest," 3 July 2018 Catch the sunset over the water from the main-level wet bar overlooking the dock, or enjoy a drink while soaking in the hot tub on the upper deck. Maureen C. Gilmer, Indianapolis Star, "Hot Property: A river runs through this northside retreat," 29 June 2018 There’s ample opportunity for that, with a small balcony on one end, plenty of terrace space on the ground floor, and an upper deck that’s furnished with an outdoor kitchen. Alex Bazeley, Curbed, "Luxe Danish houseboat with terrace yours for $925K," 29 June 2018 Lucia Pica, global creative makeup and color designer—has bottled that upper-deck sheen in a fresh new format. Zoe Ruffner, Vogue, "5 Self-Tanning Mists for Your Best Summer Glow Yet," 25 June 2018 Outside on the upper deck, a copper concentric wind sculpture by Lyman Whitaker resembles an exotic plant. Sally A. Downey,, "Poconos weekend retreat becomes year-round home," 12 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

In other Jenner and Scott news, Kylie also shared an adorable video of her showering Stormi -- decked out in with tiny studs in her pierced ears -- with kisses on Wednesday (July 11) night. Sam Tornow, Billboard, "Travis Scott Tweets He Could Not Be 'More Proud' of Kylie's 'Forbes' Cover," 12 July 2018 Posing in stables decked out with flowers and lights, the ceremony was a romantic fairytale affair — and Cuoco’s dress was fit for a queen. Anna Millard,, "Kaley Cuoco Is Married & Her Reception Outfit Stole The Show," 1 July 2018 The singer’s longtime partner and father of the couple’s two sons — 5-year-old Milan and 3-year-old Sasha — may play for Spain’s national team, but the boys were all decked out in yellow gear to root for mom’s native Colombia. Grace Gavilanes,, "The 2018 World Cup's Most Adorable Fans? Enrique Iglesias' Twins & More Celeb Kids!," 19 June 2018 Walking through the entrance of a grand home decked out with portico and pillars can feel as though the building itself has put on party clothes and is celebrating your visit. Mary Carole Mccauley,, "The Walters' renovated Mount Vernon mansion is a work of art in itself," 15 June 2018 Outside, grounds of more than an acre contain expansive patio space, decking and a kidney-shape swimming pool. Neal J. Leitereg,, "Cuba Gooding Jr.'s one-time home comes up for sale in Studio City," 12 Apr. 2018 The dog-friendly tailgate will also have cornhole, beer pong, face painting and a costume contest, perfect for decking your furry friend in Eagles gear from head to tail. Grace Dickinson,, "Here are the Super Bowl parties in Philadelphia that you can still get into," 1 Feb. 2018 Prince William and Prince Harry were decked out in their military finest. Ashley Hoffman, Time, "The Royal Couples Redefined Squad Goals at a Major Royal Air Force Event," 10 July 2018 The staff and many of the residents were decked out in either Braves attire or the color scheme. Laura Berrios, ajc, "Alzheimer’s Association and Braves team up to help folks with dementia," 22 June 2018

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First Known Use of deck


1509, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1513, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for deck


Middle English dekke covering of a ship, from Middle Dutch *dec covering, probably from Middle Low German vordeck, from vordecken to cover, from vor- for- + decken to cover; akin to Old High German decchen to cover — more at thatch


Dutch dekken to cover; akin to Old High German decchen

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Phrases Related to deck

decked out

hit the deck

observation deck

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The first known use of deck was in 1509

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English Language Learners Definition of deck

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a flat surface that forms the main outside floor of a boat or ship

: one of the levels on a bus, ship, etc.

: one of the seating levels in a sports stadium



English Language Learners Definition of deck (Entry 2 of 2)

: to decorate (something)

: to knock (someone) down by hitting very hard


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Kids Definition of deck

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a floor that goes from one side of a ship to the other

2 : something like the deck of a ship the deck of a house

3 : a pack of playing cards


decked; decking

Kids Definition of deck (Entry 2 of 2)

: to dress or decorate especially in a fancy way The house is decked out for the holidays.

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the setting in which something occurs

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