noun Nautical.

the part of a weather deck that runs aft from the midship area or the mainmast to the stern or poop of a vessel.

Origin of quarterdeck

First recorded in 1620–30
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Contemporary Examples of quarterdeck

Historical Examples of quarterdeck

  • “Send a couple of hands to open the two quarterdeck ports,” I said, mildly.

  • Would it be satisfactory to you to see him placed on the quarterdeck?

    The Grateful Indian

    W.H.G. Kingston

  • Captain Candage paused in his patrol of the quarterdeck and gazed down on the wallet.

  • The master-at-arms, who had been looking for him, told him that he was wanted on the quarterdeck.

    The Rival Crusoes

    W.H.G. Kingston

  • Captain Penrose then appeared on the quarterdeck with a sorrowful countenance.

    True Blue

    W.H.G. Kingston

British Dictionary definitions for quarterdeck



nautical the after part of the weather deck of a ship, traditionally the deck on a naval vessel for official or ceremonial use
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