[ taf-reyl, -ruhl ]
/ ˈtæfˌreɪl, -rəl /
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noun Nautical.
the upper part of the stern of a ship.
a rail above the stern of a ship.
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Origin of taffrail

1805–15; syncopated variant of taffarel; -ai- spelling Dutch -ee-
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British Dictionary definitions for taffrail

/ (ˈtæfˌreɪl) /

noun nautical
a rail at the stern or above the transom of a vessel
the upper part of the transom of a vessel, esp a sailing vessel, often ornately decorated

Word Origin for taffrail

C19: changed (through influence of rail 1) from earlier tafferel, from Dutch taffereel panel (hence applied to the part of a vessel decorated with carved panels), variant of tafeleel (unattested), from tafel table
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