Definition of taffrail in English:

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taffrail

Pronunciation: /ˈtafreɪl/

noun

A rail round a ship’s stern.
Example sentences
  • Pamela was not sitting on the deck, but she was standing near the taffrail looking off the stern.
  • Hands quickly reached for taffrails, stanchions, ratlines or some sort of support, and, a moment later, Raven spun the wheel with all her strength to the right until the helm was hard over.
  • As soon as they passed the helmsman, he pulled her to the taffrail.

Origin

Early 19th century: alteration (by association with rail1), of obsolete tafferel 'panel', used to denote the flat part of a ship's stern above the transom, from Dutch tafereel.

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