three-deck·​er ˈthrē-ˈde-kər How to pronounce three-decker (audio)
: a wooden warship carrying guns on three decks

Examples of three-decker in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Three Boston firefighters were taken to the hospital after battling a four-alarm blaze that began in a Dorchester three-decker and spread to two other homes Monday afternoon, leaving 30 people displaced, officials said. Nick Stoico,, 7 Aug. 2023 The living room by itself is 225 square feet, and natural light arrives via a four-window bump-out, a classic feature found in Boston three-deckers, and a fifth set next to the kitchen’s open shelving. John R. Ellement,, 5 July 2023 Much of the neighborhood is three-deckers built for 19th-century German and Irish immigrants and mid-20th century apartment buildings, according to the nonprofit Mission Hill Neighborhood Housing Services. Susan Moeller,, 19 Apr. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1795, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of three-decker was in 1795

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“Three-decker.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition


: something made with three floors or layers
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