Sailor Speak of the Week – Overhead

Definition

Noun

  • a nautical term for the ceiling.

Origin

13th century.

Comments

Many everyday things aboard a ship have specific names. In this case, it’s no longer called a ceiling, rather, it’s an overhead.

References

Rogers, J.G. (1985). Origins of Sea Terms. Mystic, CT: Mystic Seaport Museum.

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