A rail and ornamentation round a ship's stern.
- ‘Pamela was not sitting on the deck, but she was standing near the taffrail looking off the stern.’
- ‘Hands quickly reached for taffrails, stanchions, ratlines or some sort of support, and, a moment later, Raven spun the wheel with all her strength to the right until the helm was hard over.’
- ‘As soon as they passed the helmsman, he pulled her to the taffrail.’
- ‘He listened to his steps retreat to the taffrail.’
- ‘He noted Kennedy at the taffrail looking back towards whence they had come.’
Early 19th century alteration (by association with rail), of obsolete tafferel ‘panel’, used to denote the flat part of a ship's stern above the transom, from Dutch tafereel.
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