- a superstructure at or immediately aft of the bow of a vessel, used as a shelter for stores, machinery, etc., or as quarters for sailors.
- any sailors' quarters located in the forward part of a vessel, as a deckhouse.
- the forward part of the weather deck of a vessel, especially that part forward of the foremast.
Origin of forecastle
Examples from the Web for forecastle
Historical Examples of forecastle
All the sailors had a kind word for him, and many were the praises which he received in the forecastle.
The mandate was obeyed, and Bates was lodged in the forecastle, securely ironed.
The Norman hath a mangonel or a trabuch upon the forecastle.The White Company
Arthur Conan Doyle
Being captain of the forecastle, I knew where to find it, and throw it loose at a jerk.
He was now to be sent into the forecastle, and was ordered to instruct me in my duty.
fo'c's'le or fo'c'sle
- the part of a vessel at the bow where the crew is quartered and stores, machines, etc, may be stowed