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 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 The Warriors resembled a 16th century galleon overloaded with gold and listing to starboard. Michael Powell, New York Times, "The Golden State Warriors Are … Alive!," 3 June 2019 Over the centuries, dozens of stately Old World galleons smashed, splintered, and sank on this irregular stretch of windy Florida coast. Chad Lewis, Smithsonian Magazine, "A Shipwreck Off Florida’s Coast Pits Archaeologists Against Treasure Hunters," 30 Apr. 2017 Sea hunt: At the bottom of the sea is lead, in the hold of galleons that sunk centuries ago. National Geographic, "What's it like moving farther from home?," 6 Nov. 2019

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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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The first known use of galleon was in 1529

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“Galleon.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/galleon. Accessed 4 Jun. 2020.

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galleon

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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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