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galley

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noun gal·ley \ˈga-lē\

Simple Definition of galley

  • : 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

Full Definition of galley

plural galleys

  1. 1 :  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

  2. 2 :  the kitchen and cooking apparatus especially of a ship or airplane

  3. 3 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



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