gal·le·on | \ˈga-lē-ən \

Definition of galleon 

: a heavy square-rigged sailing ship of the 15th to early 18th centuries used for war or commerce especially by the Spanish

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Witches and wizards can earn galleons to spend at the pop-up Honeydukes. Sonja Haller, azcentral, "Best kids things to do in Phoenix in July: Splash pad parties, shark feeds and free fun," 28 June 2018 By that time, the Tongva canoes that had plied the waters between the mouth of the San Gabriel River (which became the outlet of the Los Angeles River during the great flood of 1825) and Santa Catalina were gone, replaced by Spanish galleons. Scott Garner,, "Neighborhood Spotlight: Signal Hill keeps progress in view without blocking out its oil town past," 22 June 2018 This November 2015 photo released Monday, May 21, 2018, by the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution shows cannons from the 300-year-old shipwreck of the Spanish galleon San Jose on the floor of the Caribbean Sea off the coast of Colombia. Washington Post, "Experts disclose new details about 300-year-old shipwreck," 22 May 2018 An autonomous vehicle was used in 2015 to locate a Spanish galleon that sunk 300 years ago off the coast of Colombia with $17 billion in treasure, the research team that helped in the discovery said on Monday. Fox News, "Autonomous vehicle helped locate ‘holy grail of shipwrecks’ off Colombia," 22 May 2018 Salvagers found it in 1980 onboard the wreck of a Spanish galleon that sank off the Florida Keys in 1622., "Prosecutors: Part of stolen 17th century gold bar recovered," 4 May 2018 This undated handout picture released on December 5, 2105 by the Colombian Culture Ministry's press office shows the remains of the Spanish galleon San Jose. Lauren Landrum, CNN, "Researchers offer new details how they found a 300-year-old ship that sank with $17 billion in treasure," 22 May 2018 Gomar, an emerald expert whose career spanned 62 years, was hired to appraise the jewels discovered by famed treasure hunter Mel Fisher in the Nuestra Señora de Atocha, a famous Spanish galleon that sunk off the coast of Key West in 1622 . Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Rare Emeralds Discovered in 400-Year-Old Shipwreck to Be Sold at Auction," 17 Apr. 2017 According to a press release an expedition to find the legendary treasure galleon was launched in 2015 with researchers combing the seas using the Colombian Navy’s research ship ARC Malpelo. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "“Holy Grail” of Spanish Treasure Galleons Found Off Colombia," 25 May 2018

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First Known Use of galleon

1529, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for galleon

probably borrowed from Italian galeone, galione (later reinforced by Spanish galeón, probably borrowed from Italian), from galea galley + -one, augmentative suffix

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English Language Learners Definition of galleon

: a large sailing ship used especially by the Spanish in the 1500s and 1600s


gal·le·on | \ˈga-lē-ən \

Kids Definition of galleon

: a large sailing ship used by the Spanish from the 1400s to the 1700s

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