galleon

noun
gal·​le·​on | \ ˈga-lē-ən How to pronounce galleon (audio) \

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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Recent Examples on the Web Builders constructed the galleon in a style popularized by Ragusa, a maritime republic located in what is now Dubrovnik, Croatia, according to Diver Net. Alex Fox, Smithsonian Magazine, "Divers Find 16th-Century Shipwreck Off Coast of Northern Italy," 6 July 2020 However, officials noted that the galleon Santo Spirito and Santa Maria di Loreto sank in the area in 1579. Fox News, "'Sensational' 16th-century shipwreck discovered, may be famous galleon," 23 June 2020 Nevertheless, Manila became a major hub of the China trade, and bulging Chinese junks brought prized porcelain and other products that then got shipped on to Mexico via Spanish galleons. Michael Schuman, The Atlantic, "When China Met the West," 6 June 2020 Maritime archaeologists from Mexico and Spain are set to ramp up their efforts to find a treasure-laden Spanish galleon that sank in the 17th century. Fox News, "Explorers ramp up search for treasure-laden 17th-century shipwreck," 20 Feb. 2020 Twelve Spanish galleons laden with treasures from the New World were bound for Spain on July 31, 1715, but 11 were lost during a hurricane off the coast of Florida. USA TODAY, "Mormon crickets, luchador grackle, buried treasure: News from around our 50 states," 3 Mar. 2020 Twelve Spanish galleons laden with treasures from the New World were bound for Spain on July 31, 1715, but 11 were lost during a hurricane off the coast of Florida. CBS News, "Florida man finds trove of valuable treasures from 1715 shipwreck," 3 Mar. 2020 Laura Geggel at LiveScience reports that every year, the treasure galleon laden with precious metals and gems from mines in the Potosi region of Peru would depart South America, bound for Spain and flanked by a fleet of warships. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "“Holy Grail” of Spanish Treasure Galleons Found Off Colombia," 25 May 2018 Dissemination of new styles, and the merger of styles, was fast, thanks to Spanish galleons, immigration, empire-building, and technology. Brian T. Allen, National Review, "Yale Teaches World Art," 6 Feb. 2020

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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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“Galleon.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/galleon. Accessed 25 Oct. 2020.

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galleon

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How to pronounce galleon (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of galleon

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

galleon

noun
gal·​le·​on | \ ˈga-lē-ən How to pronounce galleon (audio) \

Kids Definition of galleon

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

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