forecastle

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noun fore·cas·tle \ ˈfōk-səl ; ˈfȯr-ˌka-səl \
variants: or play \ˈfōk-səl\

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


FORECASTLE Defined for English Language Learners

forecastle

play
noun

Definition of forecastle for English Language Learners

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


FORECASTLE Defined for Kids

forecastle

play
noun fore·cas·tle \ ˈfōk-səl \

Definition of forecastle for Students

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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