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[three-dek-er] /ˈθriˈdɛk ər/
any ship having three decks, tiers, etc.
(formerly) one of a class of sailing warships that carried guns on three decks.
a sandwich made of three slices of bread interlaid with two layers of filling; club sandwich.
something having three layers, levels, or tiers.
Also called triple-decker (for defs 3, 4).
Origin of three-decker
1785-95 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Historical Examples
  • In a three-decker the next is called the middle-deck, and the lowest deck on which guns are carried the lower-deck.

  • On seeing the approach of a three-decker, they again hauled their wind.

    Will Weatherhelm W.H.G. Kingston
  • Between these benches and the altar, completely hiding the altar from the congregation, stood a huge "three-decker."

    The Parish Clerk (1907) Peter Hampson Ditchfield
  • Only, I'm afraid your three-decker's apprenticeship 'll stand in your way.'

  • At Shotwick is a pulpit of the kind called a 'three-decker', with a square box-pew beneath it for the parish clerk.

    Cheshire Charles E. Kelsey
  • A small craft you will style her; but at that time, in my eyes, she was as grand as a three-decker.

    The Boy Tar Mayne Reid
  • This novel was written in the days of the three-decker, and it went out to sea as such.

    Mrs. Falchion, Complete Gilbert Parker
  • The choir of the old times was the congregation, led by the clerk in the three-decker.

    The Retrospect Ada Cambridge
  • The Culloden's course led so direct upon a Spanish three-decker, that the first lieutenant reported a collision imminent.

  • Casually I inspected the three-decker bread and butter and cake-stand.

    Dimbie and I--and Amelia Mabel Barnes-Grundy
British Dictionary definitions for three-decker


  1. anything having three levels or layers
  2. (as modifier): a three-decker sandwich
a warship with guns on three decks
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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