galleass

noun
gal·​le·​ass | \ ˈga-lē-əs How to pronounce galleass (audio) \

Definition of galleass

: 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

First Known Use of galleass

1544, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for galleass

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

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More About galleass

Time Traveler for galleass

Time Traveler

The first known use of galleass was in 1544

See more words from the same year

Dictionary Entries Near galleass

gallbladder

galleass

Gallegan

See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for galleass

Cite this Entry

“Galleass.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/galleass. Accessed 25 Sep. 2021.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

More from Merriam-Webster on galleass

Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about galleass

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Farm Idioms Quiz

  • cow coming home
  • What does 'poke' refer to in the expression 'pig in a poke'?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
 AlphaBear 2

Spell words. Make bears.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!