forecastle

noun
fore·​cas·​tle | \ ˈfōk-səl How to pronounce forecastle (audio) ; ˈfȯr-ˌka-səl\
variants: or \ ˈfōk-​səl How to pronounce fo'c'sle (audio) \

Definition of forecastle

1 : the forward part of the upper deck of a ship
2 : the crew's quarters usually in a ship's bow

First Known Use of forecastle

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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forecastle

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English Language Learners Definition of forecastle

technical : the front part of the upper deck of a ship where the sailors usually live

forecastle

noun
fore·​cas·​tle | \ ˈfōk-səl How to pronounce forecastle (audio) \

Kids Definition of forecastle

1 : the forward part of the upper deck of a ship
2 : quarters for the crew in the forward part of a ship

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