[ steer-ij ]
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  1. a part or division of a ship, formerly the part containing the steering apparatus.

  2. (in a passenger ship) the part or accommodations allotted to the passengers who travel at the cheapest rate.

Origin of steerage

First recorded in 1400–50, steerage is from the late Middle English word sterage.See steer1, -age

Words Nearby steerage Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use steerage in a sentence

  • I carry with me into the steerage just a bit of self-consciousness—there are so many trying to play upon me.

    My Wonderful Visit | Charlie Chaplin

British Dictionary definitions for steerage


/ (ˈstɪərɪdʒ) /

  1. the cheapest accommodation on a passenger ship, originally the compartments containing the steering apparatus

  2. an instance or the practice of steering and the effect of this on a vessel or vehicle

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