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ward +‎ room


wardroom (plural wardrooms)

  1. (nautical) The living quarters of a ship designated for the commissioned officers other than the captain.
    • 1957, Neville Shute, On the Beach, New York: William Morrow & Co., Chapter 1,[1]
      There were only about a dozen officers in the great wardroom, six of them in the khaki gabardine working uniform of the U.S. Navy.
  2. (nautical) The commissioned officers of a ship, excluding the captain.
    The captain rarely referred to his wardroom for advice, and this resulted in their discontent.
    • 1850, Herman Melville, White-Jacket, New York: Harper, 1855, Chapter 11, p. 56,[2]
      [] it having also reached the ears of the Ward-room that the work contained reflections somewhat derogatory to the dignity of the officers, the volume was seized by the master-at-arms, armed with a warrant from the Captain.


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