a protective rail around the weather deck at the stern of a ship
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 vessel.
- The flat upper part of the stern of a vessel, made of wood and often richly carved.
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.