1 historical The part of a ship providing the cheapest accommodation for passengers: poor emigrants in steerage
More example sentences
- Writing of the conditions in steerage, one cabin passenger commented ‘poor creatures, it is a horrible place between decks, so many people in so small a space, I wonder how they live.’
- Letters and travel diaries indicate that dancing was an activity enjoyed by both steerage and cabin passengers, illustrating dance's potential as a site for exchange between these groups.
- By virtue of clothing alone, it was not at all difficult to tell which passengers were steerage, and which were first-class.
Definition of steerage in:
- The US English dictionary