gal·​le·​ass ˈga-lē-əs How to pronounce galleass (audio)
: a large fast galley used especially as a warship by Mediterranean countries in the 16th and 17th centuries and having both sails and oars but usually propelled chiefly by rowing

Word History


borrowed from Middle French gallyace, galeasse, borrowed from Italian galeazza, from galea galley + -azza, augmentative suffix

First Known Use

1544, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of galleass was in 1544

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“Galleass.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 May. 2024.

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