Definition of orlop in English:


(also orlop deck)


  • The lowest deck of a wooden sailing ship with three or more decks.

    • ‘Reaghan was the last to drop into the orlop and close it's trapdoor.’
    • ‘Not when you were carried to the orlop deck full of king-sized splinters from cannonballs smashing through wooden hulls, I imagine.’
    • ‘I came to see for myself if the sick berth would be moving to the orlop.’
    • ‘The hold is a large area beneath the orlop deck - the deck on which Nelson died - which would have held the ship's supplies at sea for up to six months at a time.’
    • ‘Pamela made her way to the orlop where Matthews told her the pirate's booty was stored.’


Late Middle English: from Dutch overloop covering, from overlopen run over.