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 Elsewhere on this level, there’s a convertible staff cabin, a stainless-steel galley, a large main saloon and a dining room. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, 15 June 2022 Most have room for two adults, a galley, and storage. Berne Broudy, Outside Online, 18 May 2015 An old stove sits in the galley kitchen along with a typewriter and old glass cleaner that had once been at the bar. Globe Staff,, 15 June 2022 This galley kitchen designed by Corinne Mathern brings us to two great ideas. Hadley Mendelsohn, House Beautiful, 14 June 2022 Now, instead of view-blocking cupboards and a standard-size refrigerator in the galley kitchen, there are under-counter cabinets and a double-drawer refrigerator. oregonlive, 1 June 2022 The living room opens to a small galley kitchen on one side and a hallway with a stackable washer-dryer closet, a loft bedroom and bathroom. Caron Golden, San Diego Union-Tribune, 22 May 2022 Dramatic beams hang 20 feet above the open floor plan, which combines a galley-style kitchen, sunny dining area and living room anchored by a river rock fireplace. Jack Flemming, Los Angeles Times, 29 Apr. 2022 The flight attendant identified as H.D. walked to the galley area to tell the pilot by phone what was happening. Hannah Sampson, Anchorage Daily News, 26 Apr. 2022 See More

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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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1 Jul 2022

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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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