\ ˈdek How to pronounce deck (audio) \
plural decks

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
5 : a collection of visual or photographic slides presented usually one after another as a slideshow Pompliano was on the job for a mere three weeks in 2015, but in that time he prepared a PowerPoint deck laying out what he believed were the key inaccuracies in the company's numbers.— Gene Maddaus Accompanying a talk with images is standard professional practice, but a poorly organized or dense slide deck can spoil a presentation.— Jeff Link
on deck
1 : ready for duty
2 : next in line : next in turn


decked; decking; decks

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

Noun 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. Verb 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 There, thunder sounded, and the sky came apart in rain, sending the five of us scurrying below deck. Washington Post, "In the Greek islands, a ‘slow travel’ sailing odyssey to the far Ionians," 29 Nov. 2019 Lauren Littlejohn, now a charter broker for Ocean Independence, grew up in a yachting family (her father was a captain of a 102-foot yacht that cruised the Great Lakes and Bahamas) and spoke with us about what actually happens below deck. Alyssa Haak, Marie Claire, "How Real Is Bravo's 'Below Deck'?," 11 Nov. 2019 The 57-year-old, a cautious and pragmatic sailor, ducked below deck for a quick catnap. Gregory Thomas,, "One year alone at sea: Solo sailor returns to the Bay Area," 19 Oct. 2019 When the two made it to the small vessel that had arranged to buy the fruit, three white men offered Scomp a drink below deck. Eric Herschthal, The New Republic, "An Early Case For Reparations," 16 Oct. 2019 For more information, visit Ben Crandell,, "Captain Lee Rosbach at ‘Below Deck’ watch party in Fort Lauderdale to benefit Bahamas," 1 Oct. 2019 Thirty-three passengers and one crew member were trapped below deck and died during the three-day scuba diving excursion of the Channel Islands. San Diego Union-Tribune, "California boat company suspends tours after fatal fire," 1 Oct. 2019 Those who died in the inferno were sleeping below deck and could not escape the flames. Richard Winton, Los Angeles Times, "California boat fire: Truth Aquatics suspends all operations amid investigation," 1 Oct. 2019 The 33 passengers and a deckhand sleeping below deck during a three-day scuba diving excursion were trapped and died., "Official: Exam doesn’t find cause of boat fire - The Boston Globe," 29 Sep. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The Glossbrenner Mansion will be decked in holiday decorations, and plenty of seating and parking are available there. Liz Biro, Indianapolis Star, "The holiday food events in Indianapolis you don't want to miss this Christmas," 21 Nov. 2019 Now, there’s only one thing left to do: deck yourself, your friends, and your home out in Hallmark Channel’s new collection of holiday merchandise. Meghan Overdeep, Southern Living, "We Want Every Item from Hallmark Channel's New Christmas Collection," 30 Oct. 2019 While in Paris for men's fashion week in June, Holland leaned into the high-fashion world with daring pieces, decking himself out in all white like an angel galavanting through the city of love. Devon Abelman, Allure, "K-Pop Artist Holland Is Surprised American Men Don’t Wear Makeup," 25 Sep. 2019 Visitors to the International Drive attraction who deck themselves out in Batman gear will receive 50 percent off single admission Saturday. Dewayne Bevil,, "Pow! Madame Tussauds Orlando to mark Batman Day," 19 Sep. 2019 Now, PetSmart has found a solution that keeps your dog decked out in November too. Kelli Bender,, "No Need to Stop Dressing Up Your Dog, PetSmart Now Has Hilarious Costumes for Thanksgiving," 5 Nov. 2019 Imagine an airplane decked out in the movie's classic space design, from exterior to interior, including an actual light saber on the craft's tail. Megan Uy, House Beautiful, "United Airlines Is Working with Star Wars to Launch a Spaced-Out Aircraft," 30 Oct. 2019 Yesterday, Emilia Clarke attended the premiere of Last Christmas at New York City's AMC Lincoln Square 13 while decked out in a sparkling purple gown. Chelsey Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, "Emilia Clarke Glows in a Purple Valentino Gown at Last Christmas Premiere," 30 Oct. 2019 In celebration of the watch company's motto of #BornToDare, Gaga and Beckham met for the first time in Los Angeles, decked in Tudor pieces, to get to know each other over a game of cards. Rania Aniftos, Billboard, "Lady Gaga Meets David Beckham & Discuss Their Ambitious Spirits: 'The Most Daring Moments Have Been When I Did Not Give Up'," 30 Oct. 2019

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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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8 Dec 2019

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“Deck.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 9 December 2019.

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How to pronounce deck (audio)

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)
informal : to knock (someone) down by hitting very hard


\ ˈdek How to pronounce deck (audio) \

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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