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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Spanish authorities are currently embroiled in a dispute with the Colombian government and another U.S. firm over the 1708 wreck of the galleon San José, which carried gold, silver and emeralds that could be worth billions. Amy Crawford, Smithsonian, "Why Spain Is Seeking to Catalog All of Its Historic Shipwrecks," 23 Aug. 2019 If Pokémon Go’s profits are anything to go off of, Harry Potter Wizards Unite could rake in some serious galleons for the game’s creators as well. Xavierharding, Fortune, "Harry Potter Wizards Unite Casts a Spell to Become 2019's Pokémon Go," 20 June 2019 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 The gold bar was recovered from the 1622 wreck of a Spanish galleon off the Florida Keys. Fox News, "Authorities praise tipster for solving gold bar theft case," 22 May 2018 The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution has revealed that one of its robot submarines played a key role in the discovery of a sunken Spanish galleon that might contain billions of dollars’ worth of treasure. Elise Takahama,, "This Woods Hole robot submarine found a 300-year-old Spanish galleon that may contain billions in treasure," 22 May 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 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

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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 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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authorized for issue (as a bond)

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