steer·​age | \ ˈstir-ij How to pronounce steerage (audio) \

Definition of steerage

1 : the act or practice of steering broadly : direction
2 [from its originally being located near the rudder] : a section of inferior accommodations in a passenger ship for passengers paying the lowest fares

Examples of steerage in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Alfred Stieglitz and Jacob Riis composed subjects with a spare, Modernist look in mind, but immigrants in steerage or children in factories were the stuff of real life. Brian T. Allen, National Review, 12 Feb. 2022 With $3 in his pocket, Sidney traveled steerage on a mail-cargo ship. Hillel Italie, The Christian Science Monitor, 7 Jan. 2022 With $3 in his pocket, Sidney traveled steerage on a mail-cargo ship. Hillel Italie, ajc, 7 Jan. 2022 With $3 in his pocket, Sidney traveled steerage on a mail-cargo ship. Hillel Italie, Anchorage Daily News, 7 Jan. 2022 His father was an orphan who came to America from Norway in 1911 with his seven brothers and sisters in the steerage of a ship, Yndestad said. Suzanne Baker,, 23 Dec. 2021 Not only had there been no lifeboat drills, the crew provided steerage passengers almost no direction at all. Cody Cassidy, Wired, 30 Oct. 2020 Under his steerage, the newspaper became an important tool to lobby for the fugitives' return. Cnn Staff, CNN, 4 Sep. 2020 To the editor: So our captain of state has telegraphed his intention to sail into a pack of icebergs at flank speed, ignoring the wishes of the majority in steerage who don’t want that. Los Angeles Times, 7 May 2020 See More

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First Known Use of steerage

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Steerage.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Jun. 2022.

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