Definition of gunwale noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



(also gunnel) noun
BrE BrE//ˈɡʌnl//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈɡʌnl//
Parts of boats and ships
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the upper edge of the side of a boat or small ship See related entries: Parts of boats and ships Word Originlate Middle English: from gun + wale, a wooden strip fitted along a boat's side to fortify it (because it was formerly used to support guns).
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: gunwale