ga·​lère ga-ˈler How to pronounce galère (audio)
: a group of people having an attribute in common

Example Sentences

charged that the campus newspaper had been completely taken over by a galère of right-wing zealots

Word History


earlier, "group of undesirable people, unpleasant situation," borrowed from French, "unpleasant situation," literally, "galley," going back to Middle French, borrowed from Catalan galera, alteration (by suffix substitution or hiatus-filling) of galea, borrowed from Middle Greek galéa — more at galley

First Known Use

1756, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of galère was in 1756

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Cite this Entry

“Galère.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Mar. 2023.

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