gal·ley | \ˈga-lē \
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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The galley-style kitchen has granite counters, energy-efficient stainless-steel appliances and custom wood cabinets. Janet Eastman,, "Dreamy orphaned dome home, finally completed, is for sale (photos)," 31 May 2018 The couple has made over the kitchen from a galley to U-shaped with Wolf and Sub-Zero appliances. Judy Rose, Detroit Free Press, "Photos: Log cabin in Metamora creates lavish comforts of home," 22 June 2018 The café has a traditional diner feel with an open galley-style kitchen centered around a big griddle, behind a counter with just four stools, and blackboards with menu specials overhead. Larry Olmsted, USA TODAY, "Try Oprah's favorite pie in Cape Cod," 22 May 2018 In that time, they were fed the galley's melting ice cream, a fatal dogfight ensued and a seafood dinner donated by a local lodge ended up uneaten in the ship's freezer. Author: Jacob Resneck, Anchorage Daily News, "Melted ice cream, dead dog, uneaten crab: Misery aboard the Alaska state ferry LeConte," 10 July 2018 Image The prototype comprised 12,000 cubic feet of living quarters, communal spaces, a galley, a sick bay and work and exercise areas, all protected by thick, bulletproof woven Kevlar. Richard Sandomir, New York Times, "Constance Adams, Architect of Space Habitats, Is Dead at 53," 28 June 2018 Swipe through the galley above to see other Houston pizza spots worth trying. Fernando Alfonso Iii, Houston Chronicle, "Houston's Pi Pizza named among Food Network's best pizzeria's in the country," 19 June 2018 Cabinets and counters on both sides of the van store cooking supplies, and the galley kitchen includes a microwave, refrigerator, sink, and two-burner induction stove. Megan Barber, Curbed, "This custom camper van can sleep a family of 6," 11 July 2018 United rethought everything about its aircraft, from what's stocked in the galley to redesigning bathrooms (yes, some got smaller), to newer, lighter seats, many without heavy video monitors. CBS News, "Airlines cut operating costs by helping planes lose weight," 18 June 2018

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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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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 \
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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