galley

noun gal·ley \ ˈga-lē \
Updated on: 28 Nov 2017

Definition of galley

plural galleys
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
3 a : 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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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


GALLEY Defined for English Language Learners

galley

noun

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

galley

noun gal·ley \ ˈga-lē \

Definition of galley for Students

plural galleys
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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