Origin of taffrailaltered (infl. by rail) from tafferel, archaic term for the upper part of a ship's stern from Dutch tafereel, a panel, picture, for an unverified form tafeleel, diminutive of tafel, table from Classical Latin tabula, tablet or slab for inscriptions (see table): the tafferel was so named from its carved panels
- The rail around the stern of a ship or boat.
- The flat, often richly carved upper part of the stern of a wooden ship.
Origin of taffrailAlteration of tafferel carved panel from Dutch tafereel panel for carving or painting from Middle Dutch tafeleel, tafereel from Old French tablel ; see tableau .