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quar·ter·deck / ˈkwôrtərˌdek/ • n. the part of a ship's upper deck near the stern, traditionally reserved for officers. ∎  the officers of a ship or the navy.

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quarterdeck the part of a ship's upper deck near the stern, traditionally reserved for officers. The term was originally (in the early 17th century) used for a smaller deck situated above the half-deck, covering about a quarter of the vessel.

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