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[three-dek-er] /ˈθriˈdɛk ər/
any ship having three decks, tiers, etc.
(formerly) one of a class of sailing warships that carried guns on three decks.
a sandwich made of three slices of bread interlaid with two layers of filling; club sandwich.
something having three layers, levels, or tiers.
Also called triple-decker (for defs 3, 4).
Origin of three-decker
First recorded in 1785-95 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • But so it is; the cockboat may be more to a man than was once the three-decker.

    Barrington Charles James Lever
  • Not a three-decker of the Channel fleet was readier for a broadside than herself.

    Barrington Charles James Lever
  • On seeing the approach of a three-decker, they again hauled their wind.

    Will Weatherhelm W.H.G. Kingston
  • Only, I'm afraid your three-decker's apprenticeship 'll stand in your way.'

  • A small craft you will style her; but at that time, in my eyes, she was as grand as a three-decker.

    The Boy Tar Mayne Reid
  • The choir of the old times was the congregation, led by the clerk in the three-decker.

    The Retrospect

    Ada Cambridge
  • Casually I inspected the three-decker bread and butter and cake-stand.

    Dimbie and I--and Amelia Mabel Barnes-Grundy
  • This novel was written in the days of the three-decker, and it went out to sea as such.

    Mrs. Falchion, Complete Gilbert Parker
  • The three-decker lying out there is my vessel the St. Thomas.

  • I just remember that he had a neck like a three-decker, and a voice like a peahen's.

    My First Book: Various
British Dictionary definitions for three-decker


  1. anything having three levels or layers
  2. (as modifier): a three-decker sandwich
a warship with guns on three decks
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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