gal·​ley | \ ˈga-lē How to pronounce galley (audio) \
plural galleys

Definition of galley

1 : a ship or boat propelled solely or chiefly by oars: such as
a : a long low ship used for war and trading especially in the Mediterranean Sea from the Middle Ages to the 19th century also : galleass
b : a warship of classical antiquity — compare bireme, trireme
c : a large open boat (such as a gig) formerly used in England
2 : the kitchen and cooking apparatus especially of a ship or airplane
3a : an oblong tray to hold especially a single column of set type
b : a proof of typeset matter especially in a single column before being made into pages

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Examples of galley in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Kevin added that in their former galley kitchen, there was barely enough space for everyone to walk around without bumping into one another. Lennie Omalza, The Courier-Journal, "Growing family leads to 'love it or list it' renovation inside this Brownsboro Zorn home," 15 Apr. 2021 The spacious interior offers a main saloon with expansive floor-to-ceiling windows, along with a lounge and dining room that’s serviced by the adjacent galley. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, "Meet Falcon Legacy, a 131-Foot Superyacht Shaped Like a Giant Torpedo," 5 Apr. 2021 And, of course, pirate attacks and the kidnapping of shepherds to turn them into galley slaves were real issues. Timothy O'grady, Condé Nast Traveler, "Sailing Croatia's Quiet Kornati Islands, a Place of Beauty and Resilience," 26 Mar. 2021 The main deck comprises an expansive saloon and a full-beam galley that Bering says acts as a social hub for family and friends, just like your kitchen at home. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, "Bering Yachts Unveils a Rugged 72-Foot Explorer Vessel That Can Cruise 5,000 Miles," 10 Mar. 2021 In the reliefs above the tombs, an angel casts incense to the Hebridean winds and a bìrlinn, or Highland galley, sets sail, hauntingly similar to a Viking longship. Stanley Stewart, Travel + Leisure, "Visit Distilleries, Castles, and Dramatic Cliffs on Scotland’s Hebrides Islands," 22 Mar. 2021 Even in the tight galley kitchen, there is room for a compact washer and dryer designed for apartments. Los Angeles Times, "He challenged himself to build an ADU for under $100,000. What’s his secret?," 18 Mar. 2021 The layout can, of course, be customized, though the current configuration sees seven crew cabins on the lower deck, along with a generous saloon and galley on the main deck. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, "Rosetti’s New 180-Foot Support Vessel Is as Luxe as a Superyacht—but With Water Toys," 18 Mar. 2021 There’s also a formal living room with a fireplace, dining area with a wall of built-ins and galley-style kitchen. Jack Flemming, Los Angeles Times, "Walton Goggins is selling his Hollywood haunt for $3.35 million," 23 Feb. 2021

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First Known Use of galley

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for galley

Middle English galeie, galey, borrowed from Anglo-French galee, galeie (continental Old French galee, galie), borrowed (probably in part via Upper Italian dialects) from Middle Greek galéa, after galéa "the shark Galeorhinus galeus," probably re-formation of Greek galeós, a name for the same fish, of uncertain origin

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20 Apr 2021

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“Galley.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of galley

: the kitchen of a ship or airplane
: a long, low ship that was moved by oars and sails and that was used in ancient times by the Egyptians, Greeks, and others


gal·​ley | \ ˈga-lē How to pronounce galley (audio) \
plural galleys

Kids Definition of galley

1 : a large low ship of olden times moved by oars and sails
2 : the kitchen especially of a ship or an airplane

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