galley

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noun gal·ley \ˈga-lē\

Definition of galley

plural

galleys

  1. 1 :  a ship or boat propelled solely or chiefly by oars: such asa :  a long low ship used for war and trading especially in the Mediterranean Sea from the Middle Ages to the 19th century; also :  galleassb :  a warship of classical antiquity — compare bireme, triremec :  a large open boat (such as a gig) formerly used in England

  2. 2 :  the kitchen and cooking apparatus especially of a ship or airplane

  3. 3a :  an oblong tray to hold especially a single column of set typeb :  a proof of typeset matter especially in a single column before being made into pages

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Origin and Etymology of 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


First Known Use: 13th century


GALLEY Defined for English Language Learners

galley

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noun gal·ley \ˈga-lē\

Definition of galley for English Language Learners

  • : 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


GALLEY Defined for Kids

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noun gal·ley \ˈga-lē\

Definition of galley for Students

plural

galleys

  1. 1 :  a large low ship of olden times moved by oars and sails

  2. 2 :  the kitchen especially of a ship or an airplane



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