steerage

[ steer-ij ]
/ ˈstɪər ɪdʒ /

noun

a part or division of a ship, formerly the part containing the steering apparatus.
(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
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steerage

/ (ˈstɪərɪdʒ) /

noun

the cheapest accommodation on a passenger ship, originally the compartments containing the steering apparatus
an instance or the practice of steering and the effect of this on a vessel or vehicle
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