quar·​ter·​deck | \ ˈkwȯ(r)-tər-ˌdek How to pronounce quarterdeck (audio) \

Definition of quarterdeck

1 : the stern area of a ship's upper deck
2 : a part of a deck on a naval vessel set aside by the captain for ceremonial and official use

Examples of quarterdeck in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The fire has spread to the quarterdeck where the ship’s bridge is located, navy spokesman Indika de Silva said. Bharatha Mallawarachi, USA TODAY, 26 May 2021

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First Known Use of quarterdeck

1622, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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30 May 2021

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“Quarterdeck.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/quarterdeck. Accessed 24 Jul. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of quarterdeck

: the upper level of a ship's deck that is located toward the rear of the ship and that is used mainly by officers

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