Definition of "steerage" [steer•age]

  • The act or practice of steering. (noun)
  • Nautical The effect of the helm on a ship. (noun)
  • Nautical The steering apparatus of a ship. (noun)
  • Nautical The section of a passenger ship, originally near the rudder, providing the cheapest passenger accommodations. (noun)

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Use "steerage" in a sentence
  • "In another five minutes we had steerage from the filled sail, and"
  • "Besides, there was an equally good bunk all the way across the width of the steerage from the Chinaman's."
  • "Number 1: “They are still rowdy in steerage sir, a bunch of Indians and Chinese think they deserve to be up here in the First Class cocktail lounge”"