Also found in: Thesaurus, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.


1. A ship having three decks, especially one of a class of sail-powered warships with guns on three decks.
2. Something with three levels or layers, as:
a. A three-story apartment building.
b. A sandwich having three slices of bread.
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.


a. anything having three levels or layers
b. (as modifier): a three-decker sandwich.
2. (Historical Terms) a warship with guns on three decks
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014


1. something having three layers, levels, decks, or tiers.
Random House Kernerman Webster's College Dictionary, © 2010 K Dictionaries Ltd. Copyright 2005, 1997, 1991 by Random House, Inc. All rights reserved.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.three-decker - made with three slices of usually toasted breadthree-decker - made with three slices of usually toasted bread
sandwich - two (or more) slices of bread with a filling between them
2.three-decker - any ship having three decks
ship - a vessel that carries passengers or freight
3.three-decker - a warship carrying guns on three decks
combat ship, war vessel, warship - a government ship that is available for waging war
Based on WordNet 3.0, Farlex clipart collection. © 2003-2012 Princeton University, Farlex Inc.


[ˈθriːˈdekəʳ] N
1. (Naut) → barco m de tres cubiertas
2. (Literat) → novela f de tres tomos
3. (Culin) → sándwich m de tres pisos
Collins Spanish Dictionary - Complete and Unabridged 8th Edition 2005 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1971, 1988 © HarperCollins Publishers 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005
References in classic literature ?
Built by a retired admiral in the early years of the nineteenth century, the curving bow windows of the front, now filled with reddish-yellow light, suggested a portly three-decker, sailing seas where those dolphins and narwhals who disport themselves upon the edges of old maps were scattered with an impartial hand.
He took care, however, that they should be allowed to go to the shops they came out expressly to visit; and it did not delay them long, for Fanny could so little bear to excite impatience, or be waited for, that before the gentlemen, as they stood at the door, could do more than begin upon the last naval regulations, or settle the number of three-deckers now in commission, their companions were ready to proceed.
He has tossed in his hand squadrons of war-scarred three-deckers, and shredded out in mere sport the bunting of flags hallowed in the traditions of honour and glory.
A gatefold spread appearing at the midway point features shades of brilliant orange and opens into a book that has morphed into a three-decker bus with 18 windows.
FITCHBURG -- The lone resident of a three-decker on West Street escaped an early morning fire that destroyed almost everything he owns.
The actual writing and publishing of novels changed as the three-decker vanished and cheaper editions appeared while free libraries and increasing literacy widened the market: in 1880, 380 new novels were published; by 1895, there were 1,315.
The meal will be served at lunch on November 18 and includes dishes like Cumberland sausage loaf with Lyth Valley damson cheese, Thornby Moor goats cheese beignet, John Peel Tart and a Westmorland three-decker. The meal has been priced at pounds 21 a head.
Deep-pockets who'd rather cruise more environmentally may want to opt instead for the world's first "hybrid" luxury yacht, a 75-foot three-decker from Ferretti, an Italian luxury shipyard.
Four Wallasey Ferries are in view, including the three-decker Royal Daffodil Picture: courtesy of JOHN SAVILLE, of Wallasey
The church, with its exotic oriental-looking blue and white interior, decorated arches and extravagant three-decker pulpit, attracts visitors from all over the world.
But one of the delights of the whole three-decker volume is the often unexpected positioning of the small square windows which, usually with splayed reveals formed in the thick stone walls, gently diffuse the changing positions of the sun, gradually altering perceptions of the space.