noun gal·ley \ˈga-lē\

: the kitchen of a ship or airplane

: a long, low ship that was moved by oars and sails and that was used in ancient times by the Egyptians, Greeks, and others

plural galleys

Full Definition of GALLEY

:  a ship or boat propelled solely or chiefly by oars: as
a :  a long low ship used for war and trading especially in the Mediterranean Sea from the Middle Ages to the 19th century; also :  galleass
b :  a warship of classical antiquity — compare bireme, trireme
c :  a large open boat (as a gig) formerly used in England
:  the kitchen and cooking apparatus especially of a ship or airplane
a :  an oblong tray to hold especially a single column of set type
b :  a proof of typeset matter especially in a single column before being made into pages

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Origin of GALLEY

Middle English galeie, from Anglo-French galie, galee, ultimately from Middle Greek galea
First Known Use: 13th century

Other Printing Terms

epigraph, errata, leader, mechanical, notch, tittle, underscore, widow
GALLEY Defined for Kids


noun gal·ley \ˈga-lē\
plural galleys

Definition of GALLEY for Kids

:  a large low ship of olden times moved by oars and sails
:  the kitchen especially of a ship or an airplane
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