galleon

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noun gal·le·on \ˈga-lē-ən\

Definition of galleon

  1. :  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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Origin and Etymology of galleon

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


First Known Use: 1529


GALLEON Defined for English Language Learners

galleon

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noun gal·le·on \ˈga-lē-ən\

Definition of galleon for English Language Learners

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


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galleon

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noun gal·le·on \ˈga-lē-ən\

Definition of galleon for Students

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


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