from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A structure on a river steamboat containing the pilothouse and the officers' quarters.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. the top-most cabin deck on a steamboat

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A structure on the hurricane deck of a steamer, containing the pilot house, officers' cabins, etc.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Hence The elevated gallery, resembling a louver or clearstory, in a grainelevator.
  • n. A structure on the hurricanedeck of a steamboat, containing the cabins for the officers. The pilot-house is on top of it.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the second largest state; located in southwestern United States on the Gulf of Mexico


After Texas (from the fact that steamboat cabins were named after states and the officers' quarters were the largest).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From the practice of naming cabins after U.S. states, the state of Texas having been recently admitted to the Union. (Wiktionary)



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