One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1historical The part of a ship providing the cheapest accommodation for passengers.‘poor emigrants in steerage’
- ‘By virtue of clothing alone, it was not at all difficult to tell which passengers were steerage, and which were first-class.’
- ‘In Titanic, virtually every Englishman was insufferable, while happy Irish fiddlers and dancers created a wonderful atmosphere in steerage.’
- ‘Writing of the conditions in steerage, one cabin passenger commented ‘poor creatures, it is a horrible place between decks, so many people in so small a space, I wonder how they live.’’
- ‘Dickens is especially convincing about the wretched conditions experienced by emigrants who travelled in steerage.’
- ‘Letters and travel diaries indicate that dancing was an activity enjoyed by both steerage and cabin passengers, illustrating dance's potential as a site for exchange between these groups.’
2archaic, literary The action of steering a boat.‘he lowers his sails and enters softly, with gentle steerage’
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