Definition of steerage in English:


Line breaks: steer|age
Pronunciation: /ˈstɪərɪdʒ


[mass noun]
  • 1 historical The part of a ship providing the cheapest accommodation for passengers: poor emigrants in steerage
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    • 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.
  • 2 archaic or • literary The action of steering a boat: he lowers his sails and enters softly, with gentle steerage

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